I think there were a few variations/manufacturers of Wessex pipes. If it has a Cumberland stem and brown blast ( and I think a blue/silver dot stem logo) they were excellent pipes with hand cut stems and came in 5 or 6 Classic English shapes. I think they cost about $75-$85 at the time.
All I've heard has been affirmative. Solid moderately priced pipes, as near as I can tell. I have authors by Luciano, Peterson, and arguably Kaywoodie (Drinkless), and all, including the stinger Drinkless, are good smokers with good broad bowls without excess weight.