Is this the Most Expensive Pipe
– – – Ever?
Ser Jacopo Gem Series Diamond/Brillante MaxMaxMaxMax
This is one of the most spectacular pipes we’ve ever seen.
That is actually an understatement!
To begin with it is immense. A quadruple (4X) Maxima – a designation that is virtually
unknown – with massive quantities of straight grain encircling the bowl.
As stunning as the straight grain is – the natural plateaux on top is perhaps even more so!
Densely packed “eyes ” at the top of the bowl are matched by exquisite and tightly packed
birds-eye at the bottom of the bowl.
The pipe is tastefully appointed with an 18k gold band, and the trademark genuine
diamond set in an 18k gold setting mounted in the stem.
This pipe HAS been sold and is NOT available.
We are trying to determine whether this is the most expensive pipe ever sold.
Should you have information regarding a spectacular and expensive pipe,
please contact us (try the HumanClick button below), so we can factor your
information into the determination.
Within the next few weeks, we’ll let you know what we’ve discovered, and will
reveal the price and full story regarding this magnificent Ser Jacopo.
Well judging from the responses we’ve received, we feel fairly confident that we can
remove the question mark at the top of this page.
This magnificent Ser Jacopo sold for $9,950.00.
That’s $50. short of 10 Grand!
Keep in mind, this isn’t a case of putting an extremely high price on
the pipe and calling it the most expensive, because this pipe is sold!
A well respected retailer selected this pipe at the RTDA show in San Antonio, Texas
in August of 2000. He wasn’t the first retailer to see it, but was the first to act.
He told us he contacted one his customer and did his best to describe this spectacular briar.
During the conversation the customer asked whether the pipe had 360° grain
which it certainly does.
Another retailer, who had seen this magnificent pipe commented,
“That this pipe had 400° of straight grain!”
Many thanks to our friend Jim Lawson for providing the photos used here.
Photo ref: TPBBA
This is a portion of the nomenclature found on this pipe.
The stamping of 03/2000 indicates this was the third Gem Series Diamond
made in the year 2000.
The 4 x Maxima stamping indicates that it is very large.
How large – think grapefruit bordering on canteloupe.
“Fiammate” indicates it is a straight grain.
“Per Aspera ad Astra” is the Ser Jacopo motto and is found stamped on
all Ser Jacopo pipes.
Gracefully translated from Latin it means, “Success through hard work”.
This Latin phrase was also the original motto of NASA. They translated it to
mean, “To the stars through travails.”
One can also find the phrase in the coat of arms on a pack
of Pall Mall cigarettes, though we aren’t sure how they make the translation.
Most expensive tobacco pipe
Posted by Renia Carsillo on 15th Oct 2014
Smoking tobacco pipes isn’t new.
The internet isn’t new (alright it’s “newer”).
What is new is the growing number of tech-savvy pipe collectors using Instagram, Reddit, Ebay and other forums to track down obscure artisan collectibles, estate models from historically significant brands like Savinelli and all manner of pipe tobacco, both new and aged.
Many of today’s collectors see the hobby as much about acquiring as it is about smoking. By turning the hobby, more so than ever, into one similar to art collecting, prices often skyrocket for unique and/or obscure items. This trend can be positive, by allowing handmade pipes like Rinaldos to find increasing patronage. It can also be negative, by driving up prices artificially when a new Sherlock Holmes or Lord of the Rings movie comes out.
Expensive Pipe Characteristics
The characteristics that drive up the price of a tobacco pipe are different for estate pipes versus new creations. Estate pipes can sometimes have amber or ivory stem and/or ring elements that will drive up the price. It isn’t always about the designer. When it comes to new pipes the Artisan brand, quality of the briar used and name association all play a role in whether or not the price will be high.
Expensive is subjective
Keep in mind that “expensive” is subjective. We know serious collectors who pay thousands of dollars for unique estate pieces and every Italian pipe collector we know lusts after a unique Savinelli Autograph Series creation.
On the other hand, we know veteran smokers who wouldn’t dream of spending more than $50 on their smoking pipe.
It’s all subjective, according to your tastes and opinions.
What’s in a price
That being said, we think it’s safe to say that once we get over $100, the difference between one smoking pipe and
another comes down to luxury choices could versus simple improved mechanics. We’d compare it to the difference between buying a Volkswagen and a BMW. Both are German-made with care, beautifully designed and will last for a lifetime. The upgrades that make BMW’s at least double are optional. They are highly desirable and enjoyable options, but not needed to get from point A to point B efficiently and consistently. The same is true of more expensive pipes, we love them but the “upgrades” are not essential to enjoying a good smoke.
An important point about more expensive tobacco pipes versus their cheaper counterparts is the distinction between artisan and brand made. Artisan pipes are made by hand, usually in a small shop and by a one or two person business. Part of what you’re paying for is the time, commitment and artistic expression put into your pipe’s creation. In essence, it’s artistic patronage. An act that cannot be measured in dollars and cents like we measure a corporate- produced product.
Buy what you like
Whether it’s a six dollar corn cob or a $400 Vauen O!, we say buy what you like and enjoy it. Nothing tastes better than a smoke in a pipe you love, which usually has little to do with its price tag.Our thoughts on expensive tobacco pipes and how to choose which type of pipe is right for you're collection with examples of some memorable high-end pipes. ]]>