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!).
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)
Generally speaking, Italian pipes were always beautyful, expressive and tasteful designed. But shortly before 1950 Lorenzo Tagliabue, new top manager of the Manufattura di Pipe Tagliabue (former Fratelli Lana), realized that skillful design is a much more important success factor than large production volumes and began to design new models of his own in an unmistakable style.
A nicely made (and still unsmoked!) French bent bulldog pipe made approximately in the last decades of the XX century. Some sources claim the "Lord Nelson" brand was made by Comoy's in England but the lily logo on the stem indicates its French origin, the most probably Chacom or some other St Claude workshop.
An elegant and lightweight pipe from the flagman of Dutch pipe making. Big Ben pipes became world famous and popular smokers thanks to the great quality / price ratio. Since 2012 brand belongs to Elbert Gubbels & Zonen B.V.
Found new owner
The origin of this pipe isn't very much clear. Some experts mention Excelsior pipes made in USA and England, but it look rather like an Italian (or Italian American) - nice briar, rich rustication, tasty combination of the "raw" unstained finish (a little bit polished) and bright acrylic shank extension plus stem. Exactly this Excelsior shape is represented at world known pipephil site. The most probably the pipe was born at middle or large manufactory with own shape numbering standards. Great (and still unsmoked!) finding!
France, 1980-90s, unsmoked
A nicely made (and still unsmoked!) French bent dublin pipe made approximately in the last decades of the XX century. Some sources claim the "Lord Nelson" brand was made by Comoy's in England but the lily logo on the stem indicates its French origin, the most probably Chacom or some other St Claude workshop.
Found new owner
According to Wilczak and Colwell Craftsman pipes were produced in England by Ben Wade and Hall & Fitzgerald. But neither the shape of this pipe nor the nomenclature are similar to Ben Wade products, no matter - family times or Lane era. Therefore we're pretty sure it's made by H&F - one of very old, respectable and famous English manufactures, well known since the end of the XIX century and produced wonderful pipes almost until the 1980s. You may compare the nomenclature to their Clifton pipes to dispel doubts. A very impressive implementation of the traditional English pot shape, amazing straight grain, no issues, very accurately smoked chamber - highly recommended!
An absolutely convincing large & heavy English bent pipe. Such the stamping (MADE IN LONDON \ ENGLAND) was used by many great makers including Parker-Hardcastle and Orlik, we don't have a convincing proof of the specific pipe manufacturer.