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!
A Charatan's pipe from the "Lane era" (1960 - middle 1970s), the period of the brightest blossoming of this brand, delightful shapes and grains, which eclipsed all others pipe makers including Dunhill. Obviously Charatan's pipes should have got either double comfort (DC) or saddle stems. But it's the canadian pipe from the Lane Era Charatan's carvers, therefore it's made with the tapered stem. A real rarity!
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!
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!
We can pretty sure claim the pipe as an unknown before and not registered in catalogues John Redman factory product. Courageous combination of the classical stummel and fancy stem, specific stamping (LONDON MADE under a brand name and MADE IN ENGLAND on the opposite side of the shank) plus the specific model of the metallic air cooler - everything that is very and very typical for the John Redman LTD & British Empire Pipe Co products. The pipe remains in our collection.
A nice example of the pipe making art from Sasieni - one of the most aggressive and active competitors of Dunhill for many years. The family business successfully worked till 1979 - until the recession of demand in pipes forced to sell the business to new investors, and interest in Sasieni among collectors has gone down significantly. In our case it is the Mayfair apple shaped pipe still from the "Alfred era" (made before 1979), a very pleasant finding both for collectors and just experienced & demanding smokers.
We can pretty sure claim the pipe as an unknown before and not registered in catalogues John Redman factory product. Audacious combination of the classical stummel and fancy stem, specific stamping (LONDON MADE under a brand name and MADE IN ENGLAND on the opposite side of the shank) plus the specific model of the metallic air cooler - everything that is very and very typical for the John Redman LTD & British Empire Pipe Co products.