American Estates: J. Alan Smooth Mini Blowfish (644) (2011)

Product Number: 004-009-18076

While well under four inches in length, this Blowfish from J. Alan is imbued with all the detailed panels and contours of larger renditions. Jeff Gracik's talents do not decrease with a decrease in the size of his composition. On the contrary, the smaller palette compresses his skilled execution into perhaps even more impressive levels, as this level of detail is more difficult when rendered in miniature.

Those of us who love birdseye will be pleased here, especially on the bulging right flank with it grooved declension to emphasize the crisp ridgeline defining the paneled band of briar the circumvents the shape in the vertical. The left side would be impressive on any other pipe, but when compared to the right's astonishing display, it can't quite compete. The complexity of the Blowfish shape is perhaps best displayed when viewing this piece from the underside, where the panels are elaborately executed with sublime skill. The undercurve in profile is sweeping and natural, and the shank terminates with a brass reinforcement ring around the mortise. The stem is minimalist thin and gently down turned, and monopolizes little in the way of visual precedence, serving to amplify the organic presence of the stummel.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Minor Rim Darkening

STAMPING:
644
J.ALAN PIPES USA (in the form of a circle)
A (LOGO IN THE CIRCLE)
11
  • Length: 3.78 in./96.01 mm.
  • Weight: 1.06 oz./29.94 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.20 in./30.48 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.69 in./17.53 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.27 in./32.26 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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