One of the famous incredibly long Savinelli pipes from the "Long John" series. It's hardly possible to date the pipe precisely, the only thing we can say for sure: it's an "after 1970" product: the shape number consists of three digids. And it seems the pipe was stored in the unsmoked condition at least one or two decades: there're few small age related dots on the vulcanite stem, but that's rather an evidence of the pipe's considerable age than a drawback.
One of the early Ser Jacopo pipes (from 1983 to 1997) from Giancarlo Guidi, Pesaro, Italy. The stem is inlaid with a red dot and there are no typical letter and number codes yet stamped. Therefore we would claim the pipe is rather from the 1980s.
Great example of success of a pipemaker from a small Italian town! GiGi is a nikname of Luigi "Gigi" Crugnola born in 1934 in Gavirate (a municipality in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60 kilometres (37 mi) northwest of Milan). By a lucky coincidence the same year Rovera pipe company was founded by Giorgio Rovera along with partners Angelo and Adele Bianchi, who also happened to be Luigi Crugnola's Uncle and Mother, respectively. In 1964 Luigi took over the company and changed the brand name to GiGi.
A pleasant example of the Italian refinement, elegance and lightness: a very nice comfortable and lightly smoked lovat of the one of the most popular series from "Savinelli".
An amazing and tasty example of the combined finish fron Savinelli: accurate refined rustication on the stammel plus smooth top.
A really great Italian pipe! We don't have perhaps to repeat a well known story how Achille Savinelli and Enea Buzzi founded the Savinelli company in 1947 and how in 1953 theirs ways have parted: while Achille (responcible for marketing) stayed with Savinelli, Enea (responcible for manufacturing) founded his own brand named in honour of the home town, Brebbia (or better the M.P.B. (Manifattura Pipe Brebbia)).
Carlo Scotti, founder (in 1943) of Castello trademark used to say "I run an artisan business and not a factory; my pipes are artistic pieces, the fruit of scilled hands, hearts and imaginations". Over next years Scotti's company shown how it's possible to join tthe highest aestetic and techical qualities and today Castelly is one of the mostly appreciated and collected Italian brands.
In 1886 Ferdinando Rossi founded a pipe factory in Barasso, Lombardy. Over the time production came to leading positions: between two world wars Rossi's factory was recognized as the largest in the world, 860 people worked there (95% of them - women), 50 000 pipes a day (it's not a typo! yes, 50 000 a day!).
A creature of the one of the most respected and collected modern Italian high grade pipe makers. Luigi Viprati (1953) started to carve pipes during his military service (simlarly to Karl Erik) and since 1982 he's a full time pipe maker. Viprati uses clover signs for the grading: 1, 2, 4 and 5 (in ascending order). Rusticated pipes are ungraded.
Generally speaking, Italian pipes were always beautyful, expressive and tasteful designed. But shortly before 1950 Lorenzo Tagliabue, new top manager of the Manufattura di Pipe Tagliabue (former Fratelli Lana), realized that skillful design is a much more important success factor than large production volumes and began to design new models of his own in an unmistakable style.