Stanwell Sterling Silver 51
It isn’t often that I buy, or indeed smoke, a small pipe. This one though, is fast becoming a favourite in the mornings and especially at the weekend. I probably bought the pipe because of the grain, colour and the silver decoration which come together in a beautiful, if not holy, trinity. The underside of the bowl is more or less straight grained which breaks slowly into the most delightful flame grain as it rises up the bowl. The long stem gives this little pipe a certain elegance that is missing in many of the modern billiards.
As I said, this is fast becoming my “go to” pipe for that first bowl of Virginia in the morning. The pipe holds around three grams of tobacco and smokes for close to an hour without a great deal of effort on my part. Coupled with my morning Ceylon tea, I can think of no better way to start the day.
The pipe is 145 mm long and the bowl is 45 mm high. At its widest point it is 34 mm in diameter. The chamber is bored to 18.5 mm and is 36 mm deep. The draught and airway appear to be no more than 3.5 mm although the draw feels wide open.
Markings are simple: “Stanwell” over “Made in Denmark” on the underside of the shank and the model number 51 on the starboard side. The silver band is marked “Stanwell” over “Sterling”. The stem bears the inlaid silver Stanwell “S” logo.