Tom Eltang: Smooth Bent Billiard (Snail)

Product Number: 002-299-0950

Tom Eltang's prestigious Snail stamp is used to designate pipes that warrant exceptional recognition, with the Snail often being found on his more non-traditional pieces. That said, the esteemed stamp does grace more classically inclined pieces with this bent Billiard being one such example. The sinuous line of the shank and stem lend the bowl a perched-like orientation, the underside's curve lifting the heel and seamlessly sweeping into the bowl's tapered fore. Such an elegant balance in profile translates, then, into quite the comfortable feel in hand. Prominent cheeking is displayed around the transition where the bowl's supple curves are most prevalent. As expected, the grain is simply stellar on this piece, with streaks of flame grain encasing the bowl underneath a rich contrast stain that gives definition to each individual strand. It's left free of any accenting materials or adornments, allowing the gorgeous grain and shaping to garner all the attention. This piece deftly demonstrates Tom's ability to craft a classic shape while still remaining easily recognizable as an Eltang and delivers everything one could want from a Snail grade.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.90 in./124.46 mm.
  • Weight: 1.76 oz./49.90 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.97 in./50.04 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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