Age Bogelund D Sandblasted Bent Apple Estate Briar Pipe, Danish Estates (9mm)
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Age (or rather, Åge) Bogelund is a somewhat less known carver from the 20th century Danish pipe-making tradition – though he was no less a master than his contemporaries. Originally, he worked for Viggo Nielsen’s Bari pipe company, being charged with making some of its higher-grade freehands. Later, Bogelund made pipes under his own name, each displaying a distinct style and talent, even among his celebrated Danish peers. Bogelund’s pipes have for a long time been coveted by collectors, though in more recent years, these creations have attracted a more popular enthusiasm.
This pipe is one of Bogelund’s more subtle creations, though it nonetheless has an unconventional shaping to it that almost borders on the alien. I suppose one could call it a bent apple, albeit one with an uncommonly long shank, but the curvature of the bowl has an unusual, organic quality that sets it apart from English-French standards. The stummel has been deeply blasted, exposing the natural ring grain of the briar underneath, before being paired with a simple, short ebonite stem. One might call it a ‘Danish demi-warden.’
The condition is excellent: the bowl is untarnished and the rim has only some minor darkening at the back lip, while the stem is without dents or other tooth marks. The pipe is chambered for 9mm filters, but can be smoked without if the next owner pleases. This pipe was fully restored by Briarville.
Bowl Width: 23.7mm
Bowl Depth: 1.6″
Weight: 2.3oz / 68g
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