Savinelli: Churchwarden Brown Rusticated (401)

Product Number: 002-033-50575

A svelte and slender straight Dublin, Savinelli's "401" presents a traditional form with Savinelli personality, including a bold heel that transitions into a low-set, straight shank and tapered mouthpiece. The flat rim contributes to the geometry and maintains a simple elegance, harmonizing with the lines of the bowl and shank as the eyes are continuously led forward. While this "401" does maintain Savinelli's bowl-centric, Italian neoclassic proportions, the style is more subtle here — the bowl more conservatively flared and the overall shaping hewing closely to traditional English style but elongated to Churchwarden dimensions.

While Savinelli's Qandale series offers a number of shapes in Churchwarden configuration, marked by an Old-World aesthetic, the Italian marque also presents versions of more traditional, minimalist style. The Churchwarden design hearkens back to the long, willowy, clay "tavern pipes" of yesteryear, marked by especially long stems. Myth shrouds the name's origin, with stories speculating that churchwardens smoked these longer pipes so as to keep smoke from their eyes while keeping watch over unlocked churches. Others suggest that churchwardens used the longer stems to hang pipe bowls out a window while they smoked during church services. Regardless, the elongated stem promotes a comfortable smoking posture well suited to peaceful, relaxing smoking sessions, and this particular piece wears a chocolate-stained rustication for intriguing texture in hand.

- Chuck Stanion

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 10.78 in./273.81 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Churchwarden
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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