Aldo Velani pipes are made in Livorno, Italy, for the USA market by Cesare Barontini. They were previously imported by Lane Limited. Lane spokesman Frank Blews once described Velani’s stylish, intrinsically Italian designs as “Billiards with more ball, bulldogs with more jaw.”
This Shape 80 Bent Tomato is no exception – a good handful of quality briar in a slightly stout configuration flows smoothly up the round shank to meet a black acrylic stem decorated with brass and nickel accents.
Stamped “Velani” over “Executive” on the left shank, and “Supreme” on the right. The underside of the shank is marked “80” over “imported Briar” over “Italy”. This Bent Tomato measures approximately 5-1/2″ long with a 1-1/2″ tall by 1-5/8″ wide bowl. Chamber bore is 13/16″ in diamater.