American Estates: Ryan Alden Smooth Lovat (Jack of Diamonds) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-18785

Ryan Alden is a Texas-based artisan whose journey into the realm of pipes has found him favoring classic shapes steeped in the tradition of Anglo-French design, with these profiles making up the vast majority of his profile as a carver. This Lovat is one of several that we've received from him over the years and proudly displays all of the elements that make that shape a staple on shape charts throughout the world, all while embodying the exacting shaping and keen eye for detail that Alden has developed. The stem here is a trim, sleek saddle of jet-black vulcanite which enhances the svelte outline of the aft section here, its concise nature staying true to classic iterations of the shape. It's paired to a lengthy, arrow-straight shank that ebbs out of a gently cheeked transition, the combination doing well to balance the robust bowl and taking on a consistent taper from the transition to the stem base. Said bowl stretches upward to more than two inches tall, providing a defined area of visual focus as it rises above the shank and stem easily and stands out proudly at the end of this compact composition. Its walls are actually quite rich with curves, as Alden has chosen to, rather than keep this bowl stolidly cylindrical, lend it a rounded heel that informs a low-set waist followed by a gentle taper to its contoured rim. The chamber held within these walls is capacious and the feel in hand is quite comfortable, the entire composition able to sit sturdily thanks to a flattened underside. Dressed in a warm, light, auburn stain, the stummel here reveals some lovely grain throughout, the jet-black stem keeping the aesthetic here quite classic.

-John McElheny

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CONDITION:
Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Minor Tooth Marks Stem Over Buffed

STAMPING:
ALDEN
JACK OF HEARTS STAMP
  • Length: 4.98 in./126.49 mm.
  • Weight: 1.28 oz./36.29 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.02 in./51.31 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.78 in./45.21 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Lovat
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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