"He could have been an ambassador for his country, but instead he became an ambassador for Danish pipes". Bjarne Nielsen's career was really untypical and unique. Many pipe makers came from different areas, there were engineers, telecommunication technicians, blacksmiths, and so on and so forth. However that was a highly unexpected move for a diplomat worked at Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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!).
A highly classical, highly traditional and highly Irish pipe from Petersons! Middle size, comfortable shape, capacious chamber - no need in wide explanations! That's a real Peterson! The pipe accomodates a 9 mm filter, but also can be enjoyed without filter (with a 9 mm adapter).
A lightweight, compact classical sandblasted billiard from Peterson's. Sure, no any additional explanations and recommendations are required. A real Peterson!
In fact it's a "pre Cadogan Cadogan pipe". The brand Civic was invented by Imperial Tobacco in 1921 as an outsource producer and trader of briar pipes and fancy goods. In 1928 Civic merged with other companies, what formed Cadogan Investments - a well known and very powerful player on the modern smoking pipes market. Our todays pipe was made in 1923, i.e. "before Cadogan" - a collectable rarity!
The Danish pipe from the most famous Stanwell period. The registration number was obtained by the company in 1948 and Stanwell pipes were stamped with it until the early 1970's. Absence of the crown over the "S" on the stem prompt that the pipe was made still before the 1960s. The pipe is very rare, no available shape charts mention the number 506. However this shape is very similar to the shape nr. 6 - Dublin style designed by Sixten Ivarsson in 1951. Perhaps it's a variation of the original shape?
Dunhill Dress pipes are relatively young; the series was introduced in 1973 and is distinguished by dark (in the most cases black) smooth finish. Despite dark stain hides natural briar grain the "Dress" pipes look luxury indeed!
A creature of the one of the most respected and collected modern Italian high grade pipe makers. Luigi Viprati (1953) started to carve pipes during his military service (simlarly to Karl Erik) and since 1982 he's a full time pipe maker. Viprati uses clover signs for the grading: 1, 2, 4 and 5 (in ascending order). Rusticated pipes are ungraded.
The pipe can be dated quite precisely. Hans Sørensen founded the Danmore company in the early 1970s and it was quite a lucky start up, Danmore pipes were popular and sold in the Pipe Dan catalogue as well. But due to raising labour costs and falling demand the pipes production was closed in the early 1980s. Today the Danmore Hobby Aps company is known only as pipe cleaners maker.
In the pre WWII period the nomenclature "Bruyere Garantie" (Real Briar, Echt Bruyere) was much more than just a stamping for identification of pipes made of briar (not of any other, cheaper wood). At the same time this nomenclature didn't become a brand status because many manufacturers used it without any concerns regarding patents, rights etc. For many large factories it was at times the simplest way to mark a pipe with "something" and send it to a tobacconist. But only such "Bruyere Garantie" pipes met an extremely high demand in pipes in the first half of the XX century. ("Remember, those were the days when good restaurants offered a free pipe to the gentleman to end a fine meal with a fine smoke!" (c) Pipedia)