Belgium - Netherlands, 1980s
A pipe from the very old and highly respected European manufacturer. The foundation of the Hillson brand was laid in the City of Bree, Belgium, in 1846 when the clay pipes where widely offered, but until the end of the XIX century the company becomes a famous supplier of briar pipes. In the XX century Hillson is already a highly popular manufacturer and produces mostly machine made pipe though they were highly appreciated both for the quality and for skilful and attractive design.
Today we would call it "a challenge". Over the last century many artisans and manufacturers represented their embodiment of the wax-drip pipes imitating the candle surface. The first pipe was carved by Casello, a few really stunning examples were made under the Ser Jacopo, Radice, Ardor, Larysson and even Dunhill brands. But one of the most creative and surprising views, inverted wax drip pipe, was offered by Mario Gasparini, a famous Italian artisan and factory owner from Milano, Italy. There were just a few pieces of this series made between 1960 and 1965 of the almost 50 years aged briar ("Briar 1912"), therefore this was a real miracle to obtain this pipe! An absolutely rare and extremely collectable work of art!
"It is my desire to create sensual pipes, beautifully grained that are pleasing to the eye. I work with only the rarest of briar burls that are seasoned in a manner that allows for a minimal break in period and a very smooth smoking pipe. The briar grows in the wild and there is a remarkable difference in grain between each block . This variance of grain together with the myriad of designs in my mind and the nature of the work, makes for truly one of a kind pipes. The essence of my work is in the creation of sculpted smoking instruments that are functional pieces of art".
An amazing example of the Lane era Charatan's very high grade pipes art. That's not yet an incredibly huge creature specific for the Charatan's late 1960s, but the pipe has at the same time almost no conservative family era traits, thus we would date this fine piece of art by the middle of the 1960s. The "Selected" grade was the second on the top just after the "Supreme". Though the pipe with such a distinct and impressive straight grain and elegant remarkable shape would be an honour to any highest level series offered by any luxury manufacturer! Don't miss it!
A pipe from our own collection obtained in the early 2000s and smoked regularly and pleasantly. Inititally it was a smooth pipe with a number of factiry fills, but in the course of time it became not really nice look. Therefore it was recently rusticated in order to achieve both a better loook and more comfortable feel. The outcome you may see on the pictures.