Smooth virgin Rhodesian with intricate hand inlay of Abalone shell, Mother of Pearl and a horn ferrule.
This is a remarkable pipe.
Medium in size, it is a vigrin block of Mimmo briar with excellent grain and birdseye across the top of the bowl.
The balance is such that it is a practical sitter as well as a great hand filling pipe. The walls are thick to offer a cool to the hand smoke. This also isolates the inlay from heat.
The inlay is genuine Abalone shell and Mother of Pearl. This is not imitation or thin veneers, it is actual shell and thereby substantial and has all the natural color flash and deep tone you get from the genuine shell.
The horn ferrule is a warm dark brown with streaking of cream highlights and has a brass reinforcing ring.
The mouthpiece is the finest German Ebonite, sourced from the best and oldest makers of this wonderful material.
The name "Orion's Belt" was suggested by a well known collector and refers to the diagonal overlapping discs of Abalone and Mother of Pearl as they intersect the lower ring of Mother of Pearl, thus giving the impression of Orion's dagger.
Orion's Belt is truly a one of a kind pipe.
L: 5 1/4" W: 2, 1/4" H: 1, 5/8"
Chamber Depth: 1, 3/8" Bore: 3/4"