One of the early Ser Jacopo pipes (from 1983 to 1997) from Giancarlo Guidi, Pesaro, Italy. The stem is inlaid with a red dot and there are no typical letter and number codes yet stamped. Therefore we would claim the pipe is rather from the 1980s.
Story of Giancarlo is a great sample of Italian creativity, esthetic sense and openness to innovations. He launched his first company with partners back in 1972, and today pipe smokers around the Globe know and respect the “Mastro de Paja” name. In about 10 years Giancarlo Guidi and Bruto Sordini left the company (some sources say they didn’t like the idea to establish a mass market production of Mastro de Paja pipes) and founded “Ser Jacopo Della Gemma”. A bit later Bruto Sordini started his own project, “Don Carlos”, – another glorified name!
The pipe markings are “Ser Jacopo \ FATTA A MANO”, “PER ASPERA \ AD ASTRA”. The length is 15.5 cm (6.1″), bowl’s height is 4.8 cm (1.89″). External dimensions of the bowl are 3.8 x 4.0 cm (1.5 x 1.57″), internal diameter is 2.1 cm (0.83″). The depth is 4.0 cm (1.57″) and this pipe weights 58 gr. Briar, acrylic stem, no filter. We had to replace a broken tennon, and due to not 100% ideally centered air channel drilling (in the stem) it looks now a bit (about 1 mm) shifted to the left side, that’s unfortunately a common issue in such cases.