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The pipe named after a very nice London place - the Golden Square located between the Upper John and Lower John streets in the city center. The most of the Redman pipes bear such topological signs and of course the popular middle range series was highly appreciated by comsumers both due to smoking qualities and due to English people's unsurpassed patriotism and pride in their homeland.
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John Redman brands were perhaps the most "londonish" - many of them were named in honour of London's streets, squares and houses. And of course the Fortune street couldn't be forgotten - it crosses the Whitecross Str, where the main building of the company was located for many years. Great canadian pipe from that times with amazing grain: it looks rather as a leopard skin than bird eyes - one of the Redman's production features!
An extraordinary Danish work! As every proper Danish pipe it's made of a good briar, shows nice grain and has skilfully designed freehand shape. But the most of all we're absolutely amazed with its sense of equilibrium - the pipe can surely balance just on its heel (back side of its bottom). Some signs (such as kind of briar) hint it might be a Karl Erik pipe but we don't have a 100% proof so far.
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An American classics from 1950s, the era of rock'n'roll, big beautiful cars with loud radio receivers (is the series name a hint on the Oldsmobile Strafire? :-) ) and blossoming of many American pipe brands. Nevertheless, this Dr. Grabow's Starfire with its wire carved finish can't be confused with any other pipe from that time.
A Charatan's pipe of "the second Lane era" (1965-76), the period of the brightest blossoming of this brand, delightful shapes and grains, which eclipsed all others pipe makers including Dunhill. There's no shape number on the pipe, thus it was made by one of the leading carvers at this factory regardless any catalogues. A very interesting sample from Charatan's artisans!
Another pioneer of Danish freehand pipes, Svend Axel Celius similarly to Peter Brakner started at Suhr's Pibemageri in Copenhagen, where he learned pipe making art from Poul Rasmussen and Sven Knudsen. Also, similarly to Peter Brakner Celius went off soon for own career (1963) and was one of the very first and very lucky Danish carvers who started to supply freehands to the large and thirsty for innovations USA market. The life of the artisan was changeable with many ups and downs; the last Celius pipes were made in the late 1980s.
A genius detective, Mr Sherlock Holmes is traditionally associated with Peterson pipes, no matter that there's no clear proof of that. It's already a standard human perception. In such a case his famous colleague from another side of the Channel, Jules Magrait should be associated with Ropp pipes the most probably. Abd that's absolutely reasonable, during many years since the end of the XIX century "Ropp" was a synonym to "French smoking pipe".
The lovat shape was initiated in early XX century and they say Colonel Henry Fraser, Lord Lovat smoked such pipes so the name was adopted in his honour. Several sources of information state that Gerald Grundging & Company was the first manufacturer stamped the name of Lord Lovat on the pipes of this shape. Another sources claim that BBB invented lovat pipes and produced lovats long time.
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Just one of the most favourite pipes. It's an excellent smoking device, never brought down and didn't frustrate. Finally we found some time to clean it and take some pictures fo history and to brag. Well, and to recommend creatures of a workshop under the leadership of Vladimir Grechukhin - you won't regret!
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This famous picture above left is perhaps the only broad known illustration to materials about John Redman LTD & British Empire Pipe Co. And the majority of sources doesn't move usually far beyond a couple of sentenses: this company did really exist, it was located at this address and there is their former building. However...