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  1. ssjones

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    We seem to have a number of GBD enthusiasts here. I'll start this thread dedicated to information about that brand.

    I was surprised at the price of this Unique that was recently sold on Ebay (nearly $800!). It is very large, which I'm sure added to the value and barely looks smoked. "Unique" pipes were attributed and some say carved by Horey Jameson. They often have carved detail features and area always freehand pipes. I do not yet own a Unique grade pipe. Last month, at our Frederick Pipe club, Jason Bard, who owns "Bards Vintage Briar" had a bag full of Unique pipes he was going to restore and sell. Based on this pipe, he should do well!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Exquisitely-Crafted-Vintage-GBD-of-London-England-Unique-Natural-Smoking-Pipe-/141613479709?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20f8d2371d&nma=true&si=PFxJlfv%252FZVyIkuJj3xxl4IRtpnI%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

    Al

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    OMG. I love it. Not $800 love it but still.

    Jason
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    It is a real show stopper of a pipe, ssjones.
    Maybe I am being sacrilegious about it, but it amazes me when someone lists an expensive pipe and does not give dimensions or weight. I would think this would be good marketing for any pipe.
    I guess the guy who spent the $800 did not care either.
    I suppose it is like a restaurant that doesn't list the prices on the menu.
    Out of my league.

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    Wow, I did a double take on that briar as my mind said it had to be another brand, but seeing the rondelle scrambled what's left of my mind on this Monday. What a beauty. I would have only been able to go to $749!

    I only have an old Xtra that no one seems to be able to date despite the silver hallmarks and a Superflame, 100 year I think, Anniversary bent bulldog. Sadly, the bulldog does not have a tapered stem.

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    The seller knew nothing about pipes. In the original ad, he had no pictures of the rondell and nomenclature. I'm sure those upped the value, I hope he appreciated my feedback - I had no idea it was going to go that high!

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    A very sweet looking pipe. I'm guessing of course but I'm betting it's a lot lighter than it looks.

    De gustibus et cloribus non disputandum.
    'There is no arguing about tastes and colours.'
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    Make aromatics great again.
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    G.L. Pease GBD pipe collection Excellent examples of early, rare, and unique GBD's from different periods.

    http://glpease.com/Pipes/Collection/gbd.html

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  10. danielplainview

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    Pipedia history of GBD

    http://pipedia.org/wiki/GBD

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  11. danielplainview

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    GBD seconds or sub brands

    Americana
    Arizona
    Autumn Gold
    Beau Nash
    Blue Jean
    Brunette
    Chevereuse
    Clubhouse
    Cordoban
    Cornwall
    Country Club
    Cyclone
    Daddy
    Davos
    Dr. Plumb
    English Knight
    Estacis
    Fouquet
    Garlan
    House of Commons
    Insignia
    Irwin's
    Jamieson
    Kingswood
    Marcee
    Masta
    Matt Deluxe
    Matt Special
    Medley
    Oxford
    Peerless
    Penthouse
    Pinner
    Prince of Whales
    Racines
    Rest lite
    Rockwood
    Scorpio Deluxe
    Silverado
    Snap-Fit
    Sovereign
    Special A
    Special B
    Superflame
    Theydon
    Topper
    Triomphe
    Wimbledon

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  12. ssjones

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    I converted Jerry Hannah's shape list to Excel and I've been adding shapes as they pop up on Ebay, Pipe Forums,etc.

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  13. danielplainview

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    Way to go ss. I don't think the site with the shape numbers has been active for quite a while. An updated number chart would be nice.

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    This is a repost showing the finishes for the 9438 (London Made)
    As follows; New Era, Century, New Standard, Virgin, Fantasy, Prehistoric, Rockroot.
     photo seven day_zpsslbe4eex.jpg

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    Great collection. Love that shape. Don't own any unfortunately.

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    I picked up my first GBD the other day.

    It is a Virgin 1960 "smooth scoop". I don't know if it was a good find or when it was manufactured. I just thought it was a beauty.

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    I love a shot of multiple 9438's!

    @stanlaurel - what is the shape number on your new Virgin? That is a shape I've not yet seen and I want to be sure it is in my shape number database.

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    As far as I know, it is 1960. I have one picture from the back and I think that is correct. That's what the listing said too. I won't have the actual pipe in hand until tomorrow.

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    I'm still hoping to find out the approximate age of the Virgin 1960 that I posted above.

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    SS, speaking of shape # data base... Is that top secret? Please post if possible. I just bought a GBD Prestige Conquest Canadian. I found the Prestige listed on the old peradua site, but nothing about Conquest. Anyone have any info on this name? I'll post some pics in the GBD show off thread when I get it cleaned up.

    @Dutch, that is an outstanding collection of 9438's. Good lord!

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    @Daniel: Ha, no, not top secret. I'm still working on it, the data didn't translate cleanly to the Excel format. I have to do some more editing before I can release it. When I do, I'll post a link to Drop-Box to pick it up. Right now, it's a tabs on my "Pipe Log" and I don't want anyone sharing that with Mrs. Jones...

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    4/19 Update:

    I completed updating the GBD shape chart, in Excel format so it can be amended. You can download a copy from the link below. If you notice a shape on a pipe forum, Ebay, etc. that isn't listed, please send me the information and I'll update the document.
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/74716036/GBD%20Shape%20Chart.xlsx

    I'm not sure this link has been shared, an article on GBD by Jacques Cole.
    http://rebornpipes.com/2014/09/07/finding-out-who-created-gbd-story-of-a-pipe-brand-jacques-cole/

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    Reference chart for dating sterling silver banded GBD's

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    Hi all! I've scouring your GBD threads trying to find some information about my pipe. I've tried several different places and you all seem like my best hope. you folks definitely have a ton of information. Anyways, my GBD is a "Dynasty" 788. Thanks to this thread, I've found that the 788 is a 1/4 bent apple but I still have no information on the "Dynasty" line. Any info you might have about when the pipe was made would be greatly appreciated. This is my first post here so I'm not sure how to embed pictures.

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    I have a #549 concord that smokes very well despite the occasional gurgle that I get in the first few minutes of a smoke. Passes a cleaner and problem solved. It hangs well and is light as a feather. What a great resource getting compiled here, thanks for that!

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    @milehighme: Welcome to the forum. Pictures of the nomenclature are necessary to offer details. I use Photobucket to host my photos. I have not heard of nor seen a "Dynasty" finish GBD.

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    I restored this 9606 Century-Matt model. The 9606 shape number was not previously listed in my database (I would call it a bent apple).

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    First of all, Thank you for the response and the welcome. Second, I'll try and figure out how to use photobucket. Can I copy an Imgur link by any chance?

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    ARRRgh sorry trying to get you photos. Obviously feel free to delete at will. Sorry for being bad at this.

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    PHeeeeew! Ok thats what I've got. Sorry for completely messing up your thread!

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    Very interesting. Is the other side the straight, "London, England" or the round Country of Manufacture stamp?(COM)

    I found this Dynasty pipe at SmokingPipes, it is pre-Cadogan (made before 1982). This Dynasty is blasted, very curious.

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    If you zoom in on the first picture, London England is written beneath Dynasty. The only other markings are the 788 and E even further below the London England marking. I've blindly googled GBD Dynasty before and never had any pipes come back. I'm glad you found another one at smokingpipes. At least now I know what it looked like before. When I received my pipe in an eBay lot it honestly looked like it had been stored in a muddy ashy river bank. It literally was black with muddy gunk. Interesting that the picture of the one you found appears to have a silver GBD. Is there a difference between silver and Bronze?

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    Heres a profile of the pipe:

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    Silver vs Brass - no difference AFAIK.

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    Heres my other GBD. I just received this one and I have just started restoring it. It is a "Militaire" 9740

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    Military stem GBD's are not common, another interesting find. What is the finish stamp on that one and shape number (guessing 549)

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    All I see on it is Militaire and 9740 for the shape. I'm just getting into the piping world. Sorry I can't be more help then that.

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    Oh, and London England

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    Ah, yes the Militaire line, those are not seen often. That shape number is also not on my list.

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    I have that same pipe and SS is right you don't see them that often.

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    Any chance you have a picture of yours? Do you know any much about the pipe?

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    Any opinions on the French Speciale Standard's? How do they compare to the British ones? There is a Zulu I like the look of. Thanks in advance...great thread.

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    Pipes are not like cars. A Chevy cannot drive like a Mercedes, but the lowly Stanwell can smoke like the lofty Chonowitsch, even though the latter far exceeds the Stanwell in beauty, grain, and craftsmanship. It is the briar and not the brand. There is no place for elitism among pipe smokers. - Fred Hanna
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    I have a French made "Originale", it is a terrific pipe. I think the Originale is a step above the Speciale. I've worked on a Speciale and found it to be equal of the GBD British-made counterparts.

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    I've never seen an "Originale" before. Was it available in the 9438? It does look like a better grade. As always you resto is impeccable. Dutch

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    I suspect the 9438 would be available in the 9438, but I've never seen one.
    That one came from Smokers Haven and was pretty much delivered in that condition. I lightened the rim darkening and worked out some bruises. It is actually a better smoking pipe than my 9242.

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    So I got my 1687 in the mail today, just stunning. Hands down one of my nicest looking/feeling pipes, smoked one bowl so far it it smokes as good as it looks. I really feel like I missed out not looking at GBD's earlier.

    The stem work is really nice but seems like acrylic. Is that Black Perspex? The only other GBD I have is a International with an acrylic replacement stem by JT Cooke so I can't use it for comparison. I don't know but I just assumed they used vulcanite.

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    Perspex is acrylic, some of their colored stems are as well (Bronze Velvet). Unless the black stem is from a Cadogan era pipe (no brass rondell), it should be vulcanite.

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    That's what I assumed, but I had seen this reply from GL Pease from one of the old news groups:

    Prestige
    "This pipe features a BLACK HANDCUT PERSPEX mouthpiece which precludes
    discoloration and 'bad taste' after continual smoking. Only the finest of
    the fine-grained bowls are selected for this handsome matt virgin finished
    briar."

    Mine is a Virgin Collector(not prestige) and has the brass rondell and I would swear it is Lucite, its pretty obvious when I put it in my mouth, is there a good way to tell with out taking a lighter to it to see if I smell rubber (just kidding)?

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    Ah yes, I've never worked on a Prestige. Your lighter test is the only one I know of. (other then feel)

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    Here's an interesting shape number, 9456 in a Commander finish. Brass rondell with the circular COM, an oddball. More interesting is the 9456 shape number, which is listed as an Apple with straight stem, not in this case.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Unsmoked-1970s-GBD-COMMANDER-SUPER-NICE-FULL-BENT-BILLARD-70S-COPPER-MINT-/361081621399?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5412244b97

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    Never heard of a Commander. It's also rare to see a colored stem on a rhondelle era GBD, aside from the Bronze Velvet.

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    Has anyone heard of the GBD model Autumn Gold? Is it a pre-1980 model? It has the stem rhondell, but that's not always foolproof.

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    I've got a 9456 in a Tapestry that is stunning to me.

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    New model according to pipedia: ''Metal rondelles were discontinued after the merger with Comoy. The brass rondell made a reappearance on new production GBD's. The new lines are Autumn Gold, Bermuda, Facet, Pub and CW (Churchwarden).''

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    I'm new to the GBD club thanks to a recent purchase from member MrMotoyoshi.

    Both pipes are from the "Prehistoric" line. The first is a sandblasted Billiard (shape 133) with a perspex stem and the other is a sandblasted pot (shape 9493) also with Perspex stem.

    While I have not had a chance to smoke either pipe yet, I'm pleased with the initial inspection!

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    Post some pictures in the show off thread. Let's see those beauts.

    Thanks bonehed. That info must have been recently added to the site. I don't remember any mention of the newer GBD's with rhondelles.

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    Well, here's yet another 9456, a Granitan model that I recently restored.

    And a curious City DeLuxe "Gold Star" that is also stamped "Jollyboy". It has a Reg No. 6918829, but I couldn't find anything on that number. I've seen this shape before, but can't remember where. It is also the first City Deluxe I've worked on that did not have a twin-bore stem. This one just took a minor clean-up.


    Both pipes now belong to forum member scrooge.

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    Love the Rhodesians of the topic, amazing aesthetics.

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    Sorry I missed this before, but the Jollyboy was indeed a special shape of the City de Luxe pipe. It was introduced at the end of 1922 or the start of 1923, and the sales pitch was this:

    "If you are inclined to be a "wet smoker," and many smokers are, you will welcome the introduction of the "Jollyboy" illustrated below.
    This pipe has been especially designed by the makers of the well-known GBD pipes, to prevent the nicotine-laden moisture in the stem of the pipe reaching the mouth of the smoker. This advantage, obtained by a specially constructed bowl and stem, does not depend on any patent cartridge or filter, and combines the best features of a Bent and a Straight Pipe. It is light for its size, does not drag on the teeth, and as the bowl is well below eye level it is particularly suitable for Golfers and Billiard Players."

    Like the other shapes within the City de Luxe catalog, it sold for 5/6. The reg. number, which reflects the design, was there from the beginning.

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    That is interesting information Jon. Back in those days, it was all about a dry smoke, achieved primarily via a stinger of sorts. This Jollyboy now belongs to member Scrooge, I wonder how it smoked.

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    Anecdotally I've heard they smoke well. But there are so few floating around it's really tough to say. And yes, I agree; it's yet another approach to eliminating moisture; a popular and perennial fixation of that era.

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    Just noted the "suitable for golfers and billiards players". While I think I could shoot pool with a lit pipe clenched, not so with anything but a putter. I'm afraid I'd bite the button off on the first tee.

    And I believe in that era, at least in GB, gentlemen wore jackets and ties while pursuing the little white pellet.

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    Picked up these pipes at a junk shop. I don't usually look for GBD but these just spoke to me.

    GBD Unique

    Digby 357

    May have gotten myself hooked on GBDs.

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    The blast on that Unique is amazing abd the 357 is a classic GBD shape. What finds!

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    A Unique Briar,
    no doubt about that!
    Truth in advertising at it's best.

    Magnificent blast,
    and one of the most appealing "stack" shapes I've seen.

    Congrats!

    Love the Digby prince too,
    perefectly executed shaping I'd say.

    Enjoy them well!

    Posted 3 years ago #
  70. danielplainview

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    Is the Unique an NOS pipe? With the original box found at an antique store? Wow!!

    More pics please.

    Posted 3 years ago #

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