STANWELL REGISTERED STRAIGHT GRAIN BULLDOG (Clean-NR)
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In 1942 it was impossible to get imported briar from traditional suppliers in England and France, so Poul Neilsen used beechwood to make his first Stanwell production pipe. The shape of the first pipe was a bulldog - typical English style and small because of the lack of sufficient pipe tobacco supplies. As times returned to normal after World War II, Nielsen continued to produce the pipe in briar root.This is one of Nielsen's post-war registered - "REGD.NO 949-48" briar bulldogs in a "Straight Grain" model stamped also "Selected Briar" and "Made in Denmark." Nielsen had a knack in his "Straight Grain" bulldogs of producing flame graining all around the bowl offset neatly by burl from the ends of the grain in above w normally you would find lines cut around the bowl in a bulldog. This pipe is an excellent example of that.
Stanwell has become the largest pipe maker in Denmark. Today Stanwell uses only the highest quality plateau briar from Corsica and Greece to produce bowls using designs from top carvers such as Sixten Ivarsson, Jess Chonowitsch, Tom Eltang and others.
I live in the Florida Keys and spend a lot of time in Miami w we see a lot of Danish tourists. Many of them smoke pipes. The majority of those who do travel with Stanwells. They have convinced me that Stanwells are among some of the best