S. Bang: Smooth Bent Brandy with Silver (UN) (1879)

Product Number: 002-816-0017

No serious collector of Danish artisan pipes has a complete collection without an S. Bang piece, and no piece is more quintessentially "S. Bang" than this bent Brandy. Per Hansen and Ulf Noltensmeier make all S. Bang pipes, with this one having been fashioned by Ulf. Though the brand is shared between the two carvers, it's united by a singular aesthetic and style: muscular, full-bodied Danish classics, dressed only in smooth finishes, comprising some of the highest-grade briars on the market. A stunning representation of that style, this Brandy moves swiftly from the bit through the robust shank in a crisp-lined angle and well-defined transition, marking the bowl with some subtle cheeking. As the eyes move through the bowl, though, the momentum slows down, eventually stalling at the fore's languid, tapering curl from the heel. Such a feature makes for a dynamic contrast across the profile, and as the lines soften their approach, the eyes are left to admire the entirety of the bowl, taking in the stunning straight grain and birdseye that Ulf has highlighted in a vibrant contrast stain. The piece is finally topped with a generous band of sterling silver, the concave shaping something of a signature of the Danish duo's work. Whether this be your first S. Bang piece or an addition to an already respectable collection, this one is a centerpiece very much worthy of consideration.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.80 in./121.92 mm.
  • Weight: 2.20 oz./62.37 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.93 in./49.02 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.32 in./33.53 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Brandy
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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