A friend passed two of his father’s pipes to me. One is a large GBD Rockroot, Collector, marked London, model number or maybe the second number is stamped lightly and hard to tell for sure. It’s a octagon shaped panel. I don’t care what it’s worth, as it has value well beyond price. It needs cleaned up but looks to have been well loved. I would just like to know an approximate age. I can’t find any others shaped this way, although I did find some Rockroot and Collector marked pipes but can’t narrow it down to even a decade.
My old GBD
It is a nice looking Zulu shaped pipe with a taper stem. The bowl has a rich reddish brown colour combination that highlights grain. The pipe has some paint spatters on the surface of the briar.
Dating one of these pieces can be difficult, but the cut of the bowl reminds me of many GBD pipes we’ve had as estates in the past. The grain is rather nice.
It came from a pipe friend sans stem, with the request that I see what I could do with it to make it useable again. The stummel was in quite good condition — a little lava on the rim and a bit of old tobacco and cake in the chamber, but overall, the briar was in quite good shape. View original post more words. Peterson Pipe Notes has moved to petersonpipenotes. Mel Bud, the Peterson book designer and tech goddess, has done some marvelous things. Unlike other iconic Peterson shapes, however, it seems unlikely that this one was an original.
Collectors more knowledgeable than I know there were many English and French makers who also made a shape very like it, if not earlier, then at about the same time beginning in the s or 30s. And if you play with the design a bit, you can come up with a number of variations and more than one name by which the shape is called. Many American pipemen call the a r hodesian, although at BriarWorks they call it a bullmoose. For Pete Freeks there is fortunately away out of this etymological muddle: what has Peterson always called it?
GBD Model Information
Where to Buy SmokingPipes. Awakened from a sound sleep he grabbed a pencil and scribbled a recipe before the memory faded. The next morning he used those notes to create a Virginia blend like no other.
Here, in this sea of GBDs, are some of my silver mounted pieces, all dating between This is probably my favorite of all pipes shapes, and GBD always did an.
These pipes are cut so beautifully, so elegantly. From the perfect balance of the shapes to the beautifully chamfered bowl rim, there’s just something classically elegant about these old pipes. To my eye, they define many of the classic shapes better than even some of the more highly-regarded marques. Not all old GBDs smoke wonderfully, but when they do, they sing. The French made ones, for some reason, seem particularly suited to Virginias.
GBDs are not exactly hip. They’re not trendy. They’re not the high-grade pipes du jour. But, they are solid, classic pipes with a long history, and they can be subtly and subliminally beautiful.
Little help on Pipe Identification?
Greetings, Kappnists! As the brand continues to gain interest among pipe smokers, I think we can expect not only to see estate prices rise, but see more old Petes recovered. Steve acquired both a Shamrock line version and the Captain Pete version pictured here. The Dublin Edition US-only line, in sandblast, rustic and smooth with vulcanite mouthpieces in saddle or taper and nickel bands, quietly slid onto the market in , with no announcement from Peterson nor any attention from anybody else.
Although a Dunhill Pipe Unlike Dunhill, who did most Comoy Dating for allowing When GBD, Comoy, Orlik and above but a complex inlay that they always the.
If you’re not acquainted with the first Black Friday story, please find it in the Musings section of Oompaul. One of the many stories that comes from that time is of a strong willed woman named Rose LaVie middle name of Seigh. Rose was a rough and tumble mother of three. Her husband “caught the good boat” as they say in the old pirate town of Blagery Dak.
He died young and handsome, well, as handsome as one could manage in Blagery Dak which had a handsome apex somewhere below, below average. Her husband Braun Back Bill’s passing only added to Rose’s legend of being more than able to weather any and every storm.
Dating Gbd Pipes
I once had a mental misstep and I sold a few of my pipes. Fast forward about two years and I went back to that site and my GBD was still available. I am not sure why, it is a beautiful GBD Virgin in pristine condition. Maybe he was asking too much, but regardless, it was still there. After a few weeks of contemplation I decided to buy it back.
I just purchased a pipe that came in a Comoy’s box and sock. The box If the pipe is a straight apple with a round shank, it could be a GBD second, since is GBD’s It might help with dating too, to note that on the side of the box (which is.
Many thanks to Jean-Christophe Bienfait for his translation. In three gentlemen got together in Paris to establish a firm dedicated to the fabrication of Meerschaum pipes — a courageous step in politically restless times. G anneval probably came from the area of Saint-Claude where he had learned making wooden pipes. B ondier’s family obviously came from Paris and had emigrated in to Geneva.
He himself had worked as a wood turner in the clay and china pipe industry in and around Saint-Claude making stem extensions etc. D onninger was an Austrian or Swiss and had worked in Vienna, the world’s center of the Meerschaum pipe. They agreed on the acronym GBD selecting the initials of their surnames. Bondier survived his partners for nearly 30 years. Their places were taken by others.
Researching and Reviving a Peter Piper by GBD
How do you commission a pipe? B Echt Lacroix S. Erikson Flame Grain Billiard — The grain on this classic Billiard is a distinct vertical flame grain. I found this pipe at an antique shop along with 8 others at Burgas, Bulgaria. The brush rustication is attractive and shows some probable age with the P-Lip stem. This is a pre-Codogan GBD dating before the merger in
Pipe Used: Mastro De Paja, Peterson, Nording, GBD. Age When Smoked: Fresh from the tin. Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars. 18 people found this review.
This pipe restoration was a bit of a challenge, though not for the reason you might think. The refurb work was actually very straightforward and went smoothly but for one bump in the road. The challenge here rested in deciphering the brand information and tracking down the maker. The pipe is a straight Dublin shape. I received it in decent estate condition, all things considered. There was a bit of lava buildup and the rim was also victim to some other rim abuse in the form of knocking dents around approximately one-third of the bowl.
The stem was heavily oxidized and the button was half missing from the top side of the bit. There was some work to be done here for sure, but the pipe was in far better shape than some of my other estate purchases. The interesting part of this story came from reading the stampings, or what was left of them.