An exquisite, nicely styled (and still unsmoked!) pipe made by Thomas Cristiano. Tomas Cristiano was Italian by origin, his family emigrated to the USA in 1968 and several generations of Cristiano are involved in production and marketing of wonderful briar pipes. Thomas began at the S.M. Frank & Company factory – one of the “briar giants” of America, very quickly he made an outstanding career and started own production of the brands T. Cristiano and Calabresi. Thomas’s pipes are in Italian way graceful and expressive and in American way well balanced in terms of a price / quality ratio.
The pipe markings are “T. CRISTIANO”, “METAMORFOSI \ PAT. PEND”, “C502 \ ITALY”. The length is 12.7 cm (5″), and the bowl’s height is 4.8 cm (1.89″). External diameter of the bowl is 3.7 cm (1.46″), internal diameter is 1.9 cm (0.75″). The depth is 3.7 cm (1.46″) and this pipe weighs 47 gr. Briar, acrylic stem, 9 mm filter. The pipe is not smoked. The bore is a bit off center (see the pictures).