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.
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.
Fribourg & Treyer was perhaps the most reputable English tobacconist. "While most collectors are familiar with the "Royal Appointment" accorded certain well-established businesses in England (most commonly seen on Dunhill packaging) FRIBOURG & TREYER's not only held an identical appointment by the King of England, but they also had a similar "Royal Appointment" by the King of Belgium!" (с) pipedia.org. Obviously, the status of the oldest company mattered (F&T was founded in 1720) as well as the list of contractors, which produced pipes for F&T (GBD, BBB and Barling were undoubtedly among the most respected brands). Of course, this pipe is not from the XXVIII century; it was born rather in 1960-70s, before the closing of the F&T pipe shop. A rare "diplomat" shaped pipe from the highly respected English manufacturer!
This GBD pipe from the 1950-70s is undoubtedly worth attention and may become a great addition to every pipe collection! Unique shape (such an interesting and very GBD-specific interpretation of a pot), pespex stem (another one GBD innovation!), "Collector" stamping refers to larger than usual pipe's size. The "Century" series was introduced in the 1950s when the company celebrated its century anniversary - many other manufacturers would call such the series a "Jubilee".
A very well made GBD pipe from the period before 1980 (in other words before the merge with Comoys under the Cadogans roof). Unique shape, great briar with amazing grain, transparent acrylic stem as a tribute to legendary perspex stems produced by GBD after the World War II - fantastic addition to every collection!
An absolutely amazing highly collectable full bent ("Oom Paul") pipe created by Dunhill carvers in 1956. The pipe is completed with two newly made stems: the canonical black vulcanite stem with the white spot according to Dunhill standards and the modernistic inversion white acrylic stem with the black spot. So you may choose every time the stem which suits better your mood, time of the day, the season, the weather or the last results of your favorite team :-)
An unsmoked BBB Best Make pipe from the second half of the XX century. After ancient times silver hallmarks BBB didn't apply any signs of a year or at least of a period of production, therefore we can't say more specific. The pipe did require some efforts: the shank was stopped with a bowl coat solution, so we had to clean it and re-coat the bowl. The inlaid diamond logo on the stem looks a bit overbuffed and had some light scratches and splintering, we fixed it additionally with a super glue for the maximal reliability.
One of very high grade Charatans pipes made before Lane era, most probably in the 1950s. Charatan's admirer knows the highest grade was the "Supreme". Another one of the highest grades, "Selected" level was the second from the top. Perhaps the most sophisticated and mind-blowing "Selected" pipes were made during the 1960-70s period. But in our case the shape number is placed on the same side with the "CHARATAN'S MAKE" stamping, what is typical for Reuben era, before the company was aquired by Lane ltd. That's an amazing finding indeed!