American Estates: Aaron Beck Smooth Freehand Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-009-21483

Aaron Beck was an American carver who began working in the mid-1950s, his workshop based in Queens, New York producing pipes for nearly 30 years until his retirement, later passing away in 1984. Beck is credited as being one of the first American carvers to work in the style of modern Freehand design that was popularized in Denmark around the mid-1960s. This Freehand showcases that style well, a tight transition giving way to a high-kicking shank met by a vibrant, yellow acrylic stem whose base is accented with a band of briar. Up front, the bowl stands on an extremely sharp heel that juts out at the fore, its spurred build immediately drawing the eye to the front of this piece. Said bowl flares out expressively from a low-set, pinched waistline to a broad, plateau-crowned rim, offering plenty of space to showcase the stummel's warm stain.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Chamber Uneven From Reaming Scratches Around The Bowl Finish Faded Tooth Marks

A. Beck (script)
  • Length: 6.25 in./158.75 mm.
  • Weight: 2.96 oz./83.91 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.93 in./74.42 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.54 in./64.52 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.87 in./22.10 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.78 in./45.21 mm.
  • Stem Material: Bakelite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United States
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