Former: Smooth Natural Cup and Saucer Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-017-0411

Prior supervisor of the prestigious W.Ø. Larsen workshop and manager of Bentley pipes in Switzerland and Germany, Hans "Former" Nielsen has been crafting pipes for over sixty year, including his own handmade work available today. His pipes are among the most collected and renowned in the world, and he's as much a capable machinist and craftsman as he is a discerning artist: His pipes are the pinnacle of engineering and quality, and his shaping style adheres to artisan renditions of timeless designs. Former's portfolio comprises countless Apple and Billiard designs, among other classics, and such a dedication to more reserved and classic shapes makes this Cup and Saucer rendition a standout.

Compared to the work of other artisans, this Cup and Saucer isn't especially avant-garde; however, it's a rarity from Former and one of his few-and-far-between Freehands. At its foundation, though, this piece preserves the Danish carver's fondness for the Apple shape: The bowl is a plump and rounded form covered in a consistent band of vertical grain, but as the Cup and Saucer shape demands, it's pertly balanced atop the shank rather than at the end of it — the heel marked by the shank's continuation for a distinct, cradled posture that terminates at a point along the heel's fore. Said shank diminishes vertically toward the stem in an oval cross section, and the grain perfectly follows the outline as vertical striations mark the oval shank's edges from end to heel. A demure half-saddle stem concludes the composition with the top shoulder mirroring the heel's subtle protrusion. Finished smooth and left unstained, the stummel is a gorgeous presentation of the briar's natural beauty, offering vertical grain and birdseye that will darken handsomely as the pipe is smoked.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.57 in./141.48 mm.
  • Weight: 2.30 oz./65.20 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.92 in./48.77 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Denmark
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