“He could have been an ambassador for his country, but instead he became an ambassador for Danish pipes”. Bjarne Nielsen’s career was really untypical and unique. Many pipe makers came from different areas, there were engineers, telecommunication technicians, blacksmiths, and so on and so forth. However that was a highly unexpected move for a diplomat worked at Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
But of course we should remember that there was the highest demand in Danish pipes in the 1960-70s and even diplomats had to support pipe makers at the international level. But since all pipe makers were overloaded with orders, Bjarne tried to offer his own pipes, and soon his hobby became a job of his life. Our todays pipe was made the most probably for Europian (German) market, it’s rather a classical shape and accomodates 9 mm filter (of course it can be smoked with an 9 mm adapter as well), therefore we’re pretty sure it was made in the 1980s the earliest.
The pipe markings are “BJARNE \ HAND-CARVED \ MADE IN DENMARK”. The length is 14.5 cm (5.71″), bowl’s height is 4.9 cm (1.93″). External diameter of the bowl is 4.8 cm (1.89″), internal diameter is 2.1 cm (0.83″). The depth is 3.6 cm (1.42″) and this pipe weights 54 gr. Briar, vulcanite stem, 9 mm filter.