ROSSI Argent 134

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Italy, 1970-80s

In 1886 Ferdinando Rossi founded a pipe factory in Barasso, Lombardy. Over the time production came to leading positions: between two world wars Rossi’s factory was recognized as the largest in the world, 860 people worked there (95% of them – women), 50 000 pipes a day (it’s not a typo! yes, 50 000 a day!).

But until the centenary anniversary the company faced notable decline in demand for pipes, Rossi’s family left the business. Nowadays Savinelli took care of the name, saying that Achille Savinelli and Ferdinando Rossi were surely competitors in business, but privately however very intimate friends”. (c) Pipedia Our todays pipe seems to be made in the 1970-80s, it bears still family period stamping but it’s already completed with the acrylic stem.

The pipe markings are “Rossi \ ARGENT”, “134”. The length is 13.4 cm (5.28″), bowl’s height is 4.8 cm (1.89″). External diameter of the bowl is 4.2 cm (1.65″), internal diameter is 2.2 cm (0.87″). The depth is 3.8 cm (1.5″) and this pipe weights 62 gr. Briar, acrylic stem, no filter.

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