A creature of young Preben Holm carved in the late 1960s, when his pipes were stamped with with the “Preben Holm” name and such grade numbers in a cirlce. At that time the artisan was not elder than 24 years and the era of fantastic success of his Danish Ben Wade pipes had to come very soon. A very rare pickaxe shape free hand with the deer horn shank. A collectable finding!
The pipe markings are “PREBEN HOLM \ Hand Cut \ COPENHAGEN \ DENMARK”, “(2)”. The length is 14.5 cm (5.71″), bowl’s height is 7.7 cm (3.03″). External diameter of the bowl is 4.3 cm (1.69″), internal diameter is 2.3 cm (0.9″). The depth is 3.5 cm (1.38″) and this pipe weights 55 gr. Briar, vulcanite stem, no filter. The chamber has normal smoked wear with some scratches and roughness but we didn’t identify any critical issues. The bowl and the horn extention had a few chips and scratches which were carefully and reliably patched.