Andrey Peshkov was born on Jan 27th 1968 in Russia, but since 1987 he's living and working in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine. He is undoubtedly one of the most interesting Ukrainian pipe carvers of the new generation. The first pipe was carved in 2009 and since than Andrey has made an outstanding progress thanks to his natural talent and great menthors such as Konstantin Shekita and Valery Ryzhenko. As it's typical for Ukrainian pipe making tradition, Andrey is doing his work very meticulously with the highest attenton to engineering and briar selection. Today Peshkov pipes made of Italian and Spanish briar and German vulcanite are widely offered both in Ukraine and at international market places.
One of the famous incredibly long Savinelli pipes from the "Long John" series. It's hardly possible to date the pipe precisely, the only thing we can say for sure: it's an "after 1970" product: the shape number consists of three digids. And it seems the pipe was stored in the unsmoked condition at least one or two decades: there're few small age related dots on the vulcanite stem, but that's rather an evidence of the pipe's considerable age than a drawback.
The Londoner line was introduced already after the acquisition of the Barling family business by Imperial Tobacco. But after some time the production of most pipes including the Londoner series was moved to other countries such as Italy, Denmark and France. Therefore our pipe is quite rare because it has been made still in England. Pleasant and lightly smoked Barling bent pipe from the corporate era!
England, 1960s - 1991
This wonderful and full of life canadian pipe from Loewe & Co is at the same time a very interesting and not really easy for understanding piece of smoking pipes history. The marking "London W." specifies that the pipe has been made at family London factory in Haymarket. On the other hand silver hallmarks on a collar specify London 1991, i.e. after the acquisition of the company (what happened approximately in 1976).
England, 1950-60s, unsmoked
An unsmoked example of the Hardcastle's craftsmanship from the 1946-1967 period. The company was already adopted under the Dunhill umbrella, but family management of the company retained a certain independence in production and marketing. Therefore the pipe is interesting both as a creature of the legendary old, good and famous English manufactory and as the Dunhill product as well.
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.
A calabash shape (some call it "a bell") was always highly appreciated by collectors as the most associated with the smoking pipes history and ancient traditional shapes. Therefore many companies and artisans offered their interpretation of the calabash pipe; and of course such a famous French manufactory as Butz-Choquin couldn't lose the opportunity to express its own vision.
This canadian shape pipe bears proudly the oldest and most famous English stamping. The name BBB (Blumfeld's Best Briar and later - Britain's Best Briar) is very well known and popular from the middle of the XIX century and became the first registered trademark for English pipes. The pipe was made in 1996 as follows from the hallmarks on the unique artisans silver collar.
Great example of success of a pipemaker from a small Italian town! GiGi is a nikname of Luigi "Gigi" Crugnola born in 1934 in Gavirate (a municipality in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60 kilometres (37 mi) northwest of Milan). By a lucky coincidence the same year Rovera pipe company was founded by Giorgio Rovera along with partners Angelo and Adele Bianchi, who also happened to be Luigi Crugnola's Uncle and Mother, respectively. In 1964 Luigi took over the company and changed the brand name to GiGi.
The pipe from the most famous and respected Danish tobacconist. The most probably it was made in the 1980s or 1990s when the shop began offering not only exclusive luxury pieces made by leading Danish carvers, but also nice sweet and a bit more affordable pipes with the attractive quality / value ratio for practical smokers.