This is a pipe like none I have ever seen – a Jeantet Hawaii Bent Billiard


Blog by Steve Laug

My brother Jeff was intrigued by this pipe when he saw it. I don’t remember if it was on an auction on Facebook or another site or if he picked it up in his travels. The thing is when he showed it to me I said, “Why?”. I had never seen a pipe like this one either in terms of the colour of the bowl or the stem. It was definitely unlike anything we had ever worked on and it was New Old Stock (NOS) and unsmoked. To be honest with you all it is not a pipe that I would ever choose for myself though I cannot tell you why, exactly. I just do not like it. It is very different. As is often the case with me these days, I actually forgot about it and worked on the pipes in my restoration box and the repairs I have on the go instead. They were more of what I was used to in terms of look, finish and feel both of the bowl and the stem.

Two of my daughters were in the US for my father’s birthday at the end of June and they stayed with Jeff and his wife. Jeff talked them into bringing a few pipes back with them for me. This pipe was one of them. When they got home from their trip they brought me the pipes and the rack that Jeff had sent home. This particular pipe was still in its original box – kind of a zebra striped pattern on the lid and a sticker on the top that I interpret as a date code – August 10, 1989. The end of the box bore the name of the line – Jeantet Artisan U. 410, Made in France. Normally I don’t do a blog on a NOS pipe, I just post it on the rebornpipes store. But this one was just too different to pass up the opportunity of doing a write up on it and showing it to you all. I am curious to hear if any of you have seen one of these or smoked one. They got home about 11pm on Monday night but when I saw the box and the Jeantet name on it I had to open it and see if it was the pipe Jeff had shown me earlier. Here is what I saw in the box.The pipe was still in its plastic bag in the bottom of the box. Underneath it was a soft cloth pipe sock with a rounded bottom on the sock that read Jeantet over St. Claude, France. I took the pipe out of the bag, the pipe sock out of the box and took photos of the pipe on the sock. The next photo not only shows the stamping on the left side of the shank but give a good sense of the finish on the pipe. Underneath the blue and green there are swirls that give the pipe a look of texture even though it is smooth to touch. The stamping on the shank reads Jeantet over Hawaii. The J in an oval stamped on the left side of the stem is also clear.I took a series of photos with the stem removed from the shank to give an idea of the look of the pipe. The stem is an unblemished robin egg blue acrylic. It is actually quite a beautiful colour and sets off the rich ocean like colours of the finish on the bowl. You will notice the variations in colour of the bowl. The left side is a swirl of algae like green on the surface of the ocean blue beneath. The greens curve around to the front of the bowl and on the left side of the shank. They disappear into the rich blues of the underside of the bowl and shank. The right side is the rich ocean blue with patches of the green scattered throughout. As you turn the bowl it is like the blues and greens move like undulating waves. It is aptly stamped Hawaii. The complete pipe is actually quite a beautiful piece. Though it is not my style it is still quite stunning. The way the finish was applied gives it a sense of depth and movement that is hard to capture fully with photos. The Delrin tenon in the acrylic stem is a snug fit in the shank. The polished briar shank end it quite nice in adding a contrast. The bowl is unsmoked and clean. The pipe is ready for the pipeman who wants to add it to his or her collection to break in with their favourite tobacco. It is about a Dunhill group 4 sized pipe. The dimensions of the pipe are – Length: 6 inches, Height: 2 inches, Outside diameter of the bowl: 1 1/8 inches, Chamber diameter: ¾ inch. If you are interested in adding it to your collection it will soon be placed on the rebornpipes store. You can contact me by email at slaug@uniserve.com. Thanks for looking.

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6 thoughts on “This is a pipe like none I have ever seen – a Jeantet Hawaii Bent Billiard

  1. Robert M. Boughton

    I love it! Other than the newfangled shank extension that you noted is briar, it reminds me of the first pipe I “ruined” during the restoration but ended up salvaging it in a manner of speaking. The pipe was a beautiful (to me) Hilson Mardi Gras straight billiard that supposedly was meerschaum solid, kiln-fired meerschaum. Unfortunately, as you know, once meerschaum or clay is glazed in a kiln, it can’t be touched up — but I didn’t know that back in 2014, and so in an instant of stupidity I ruined it. But having nothing to lose, I dug deeper and found an inner core of briar! I ended up with a very nice, rare Mardi Gras briar billiard! Check out the blog at https://rebornpipes.com/2014/08/15/the-bionic-hilson-meer-we-have-the-technology-or-how-i-destroyed-a-mardi-gras-and-made-it-unique-robert-m-boughton/ if you’re interested. I’m wondering if your Jeantet might be something akin to the Hilson, either glazed clay or meerschaum on the outside and briar beneath.

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    1. rebornpipes Post author

      This one is solid Briar Robert. The feel of it in hand and the look is all briar. There is no clay or meerschaum. I am thinking that the colour coat could be lacquer but not sure.

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