Here is the story of my pipes….. I’ve started puffing (not smoking, because I accidentally inhaled once and was sick for three days) pipe while still doing night shifts in the SA Police way back in the 1970’s. Me and my brother bought ourselves our first pipe; a Peterson similar to this one below.Our pipe smoking ritual probably looked so enjoyable that my father, at that time smoking Rembrandt cigarettes, immediately went out and bought himself a pipe. Unfortunately it didn’t replaced the cigarettes for him. After awhile, me and my brother stopped and we GAVE away our pipe and accessories. Mistake! Not long after, the whole pipe thing caught up with the three (myself, my brother and my dad) of us again.
So, we went out to a popular tobacconist in Pretoria and bought ourselves branded good pipes. We enjoyed this second stint for quite awhile; sitting, lighting, puffing, cleaning, the whole ritual of smoking our pipes while we have a good laugh about the day. There, and many nights after this in the bushveld, I started to realise how relaxing this whole exercise really can be; accompanied of course with good wine / whisky and company. Well, this too passed and I’ve stopped again – this time of course, I kept my pipes. Since then, I smoked probably twice or three times a year; just for the fun of it. If the “change” caught on, I sometimes went out to buy myself another pipe / accessory or something And as history unfolded, I took on puffing again; don’t know exactly how this came about; but I remember the relaxing ritual of many years back, and with a whisky or good wine…..
Over the early years (pre 2000) I build up this collection. I will probably stop puffing soon again, but the interest in vintage (used estate) good pipes will still be there. Here is my GBD bought with my dad on our “second” shopping spree… This must have been somewhere in the late 1970’s.
I later bought myself this Georg Jensen; till today my favourite pipe! The only markings I could decipher was “Xcellent. It truely is excellent. The closest resemblance I could find on Estatebriar Pipes are the “special”. Dated circa early 1980’s.
I saw this GBD and couldn’t resist. I might be wrong, but I think its the Shape no. 687, Rhodesian bowl style with one/fourth round stem. The only visible markings are the GBD London Made and RJ X. I think I bought this in the mid 1980’s. Interesting information on GBD at PipePedia.
This GBD I inherited from my dad (my dad preferred the straight ones rather than the bent pipes. According to the markings (GBD Flame Grain Century), it is probably a shape no. 2541, Canadian bowl style with a straight round stem.
I have another straight stem, small & petite pipe; I think also from this shopping day. Its a George Jensen with markings “made in Denmark”, “72 Ekstra” and the number 14. Its a light weight pipe (34 gr) which is very comfortable to smoke. Other information on this pipe: 136, length 15,8cm.
I can’t remember when I bought this GBD, but it was not too expensive and doesn’t smoke that great. Its another GBD with markings “Popular, London England and 709”. The logo is engraved, according to pipedia then after the amalgemation with Comoy.
One day, in the early 1990’s I saw this pipe. I did not have the money or the justification as a puffer to pay for a “branded” GBD / Georg Jensen etc. type of pipe at that stage. I only recently realised it was a Comoy (from the GBD stall), and although it might not be the best pipe, it really does have a nice smoke! Markings: Made in London | London Made | RJ.
I have this Meershcaum – no idea where and when I got it. I did not realise that GBD actually started out as 3 men making meerschaum pipes.
I recently bought these 2 Peterson‘s on eBay – so glad I could “re-live’ my first experiences. The first one is a vintage standard with the markings of 314. Small bowl for a quick smoke. I bought it 2013 as vintage estate (used) pipes.
The second one really smokes nice, a bigger bowl pipe with “kildare” marking. I traded this pipe for another pipe as I did not like the big bowl that much.
I recently bought this Hans Christian Henderson Stanwell with two stems; a long and short one. I’m still breaking it in but already is competing for the “my favorite pipe” spot. Markings: Stanwell Danish Design, Hans Christian Anderson. Dublin shape, official model: Stanwell pipe HCA No. 6 Smooth
Another eBay winning bid was this Savinelli. Its a de luxe Milano 6002 estate pipe vintage antique pipe (estate). Apparently it was discontinued in the 1980’s. Not the top of the range, but still a beautiful pipe and smoke divine!
The new acquisitions are available here…..
- Excellent site: pipe finder
- Excellent page on pipe shapes and another shapes page
- Usenet pipe group.