Good looking burner, Dixie, and I'm glad it smoked well for you.
Those thick-ass GBD Rhodesians are very popular around here.
I walked by a couple of very well smoked GBD Virgins last week at almost forty each and am trying my best not look back.
SSJones, it is stamped GBD (circled) and "New Standard" on the other side of the shank. I know the 9242 shape is a hard one to find so I pictured that side above. Thanks for the comments all! I was very excited when I saw it and the great shape it is still in.
SSJones, thanks for the info! That is great news. Mtnfolkmike, that rack sounds like a nice find. I regularly check the local shops and have all the shop owners keeping an eye out for me. I will look forward to seeing some of your great finds!
I bought my first GBD in 1970 from Smoker's Haven in Columbus...a Granitan which still smokes well today. I acquired quite a few more GBD's thereafter while that shop was in its heyday. All remain good smokers and some are truly exceptional. My personal favorites are the #269 Bulldogs in any grade and always with an English tobacco. A #269 in Virgin I bought in '72 is unchallenged as my best smoking pipe ever, better than my vintage Charatans and Comoys, and always with an English blend.
GBD's from the '70's, including the "Sovereign's" from France, are well made and good smokers when properly cared for and restored. I'd recommend them to any seasoned smoker and novice. I've also owned Theydon's and Digby's, GBD's "seconds" lines, and wouldn't knock either for smoking quality. Unfortunately, I don't own new GBD's and am reluctant to comment upon their quality. It seems to me generally, however, that the briar offered now by the major pipe brands is less dense than that used in the seventies and earlier. This may permit some unique staining contrasts but I don't think delivers the same quality smoke as the better estates can over time.