Castello # 1205 "Old America BIG-LINE "
The OLD AMERICA BIG-LINE is the 2020 Pipe of the Year. This # 05 of 18 is an with strong contrasty grain. Plus the plateau rim gives it some extra Italian "sprezzatura" To see a pipe this large with such superb graining is remarkable.
The Hawksbill was created by Castello. Often copied never surpassed. It is only appropriate that these very large ones are Castello's. It just would not do for some other maker to have done such.
The pipe itself scaled up has some minor differences to regular sized ones. The bowl shape is the same while the shank proportionately is slightly shorter. A aesthetic decision to keep the style and still be physically comfortable to smoke - which it is.
This stunning extra, extra large Hawksbill is unique pipe and is unlikely to be made ever again due to the rareness of the block size needed.
Stampings: CASTELLO CASTELLO CASTELLO BIG-LINE (OLD AMERICA) - IN OVAL. On top of shank 05.18
Measurements & Details:
Length: 6 1/2" / 165 mm
Bowl Height: 2 7/8" / 71 mm
Bowl Depth: 2 3/8" / 61 mm
I.B.Dia: 15/16" / 24 mm
O.B.Dia: 2 5/8" / 66 mm
Weight: 7.45 oz / 211 gm