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no logo on the stem

 (Left side)

Kyringe, Flame Grain

(Right side)


During WWII Poul Nielsen managed the Kyringe company. They made Briar and Beech wood pipes (see enlarged wiews). Some few years after the war Poul Nielsen will create the Stanwell brand.
Cherry wood


 (Left side Ropp (In oval), Concorde  
  (Right side) Made in France (In circle), 3
Cherry wood pipe
Brands with an unique letter logo
 (On bottom) Genuine Cherry, Made in France

Cherry wood pipe with bark.

Ropp stamped a cursive R on the stems of some of their export pipes.

Brands with animal logo
 (Bottom)  Walt Disney World , Walt Disney Productions
 Cherrywood pipe probably manufactured by Ropp (France).
A classy Cherrywood pipe by Ropp
Walt Disney et la pipe Walt Disney et la pipe



Buescher's (Arched)

Sweet Hickory Pipes

Washington Missouri

One of Buescher's Hickory wood pipe. The bowl of this pipe follows the shape of some corn cob models.
Buescher's Industries was founded in 1939 in Washington (MO) and was probably a subsidiary of Missouri Meerschaum Co. (M.M.) because George Buescher was elected chairman of M.M. in 1941. The factory at Walnut and Eighth Streets produced corn cob (~15000 pipes/day), Hickory and Cherrywood pipes. It closed down in early 1990s.

H & B

(Hirschl & Bendheim)


Andrew Jackson (Arched)

H & B

Washington Missouri, U.S.A.

Both bowl and shank of this pipe seem to be made of Hickory wood.
Ji Chi Mu

Two Brothers

Beijing China


(Left side)

兄弟烟斗 ( 兄弟 = Brothers 烟斗 = smoking pipe )

◊ (Right side)

0009/1000, Handmade in China

The tobacco shop is located in Yandaixiejie (Beijing) also called "Tobacco Pipe Lane".

Owner (2012): Mr Liu

The pipe is made out Chicken Wing wood (or Phoenix Tail wood). This name describes the tight and feather-like grain ressembling the iridescent quality on some chicken or pheasant's feathers (Chinese name: Ji chi mu 鸡翅木).

The wood is botanically classified in the Ormosia genus of which as many as twenty-six species may grow in China. Seven different species are reportedly utilized in arts and crafts (furniture).

Some Ormosia species are threatened by habitat destruction, while the Hainan Ormosia (O. howii) is probably extinct already.

Jichi Mu
Jichi Mu
Brands with pipe logo

 (Left side) KBB (In clover), Monterey, Specimen Briar
(Right side) Mission Briar, 37

Faced with shortages of briar during World War II, Kaufman Brothers & Bondy used expedient sources and methods to maintain production. The most notable of these was the "Mission Briar" pipe made of Manzanita burl (Fam: Ericaceae) harvested in California. The Manzanita pipe production gradualy decreased from 1943 when Algerian briar shipments started again.

MONTEREY exists also as a full KB&B's sub-brand.

Other Manzanita pipes: Devonshire

 (Left side)

KBB (In clover), Monterey, Carburetor

US. PAT. 2082106

(Right side)

Mission Briar


The 55 KB&B shape number seems to follow Kaywoodie's nomenclature (Bent Billiard). The Carburetor Pat. N° 2082106 is also the same as Kaywoodie's which produced Carburetor pipes from 1948 on. That could mean that the Manzanita (Mission Briar) pipes continued to be crafted long after WWII when Briar supply returned to normal for a long time.

This pipe also demonstrates the Manzanita grain has not always the monotony it is credited.




(Left side) Monterey, Select Grain
(Right side) Mission Briar
Monterey appears here as a full brand while this label also constitutes the name of a KB&B line bearing the clover symbol. Wether a brand or a line these pipes came from the same KB&B factory in the period 1941-1946.
"Mission Briar" is the common denomination for wood from Manzanita burl (Fam: Ericaceae), a shrub growing in California (USA). During WWII, when Briar was rare, it was used by Reiss-Premier Pipe Co and KB&B (Monterey line).
Mountain Laurel


(Left side) Raskassa

According to Wilczak & Colwell (op. cit.) this brand would have been distributed by Otto Sevic (USA) 1930... (?).

Looking to the enlarged views the grain of the wood appears to correspond to Mountain Laurel.




(Left side) Trapwell, Pat N° ....

(Right side) World's Best Briar

The brand was made by D & P Pipe Works, owned by D. P. Levitas and located in Sparta, Alleghany County, North Carolina close to the population of Mountain Laurel in the area. Later, this company changed its name to Sparta Pipe Works and still later to Sparta Industries.

Trapwell pipes marked with "World's best briar" are made of Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) a species from the Ericaceae family. The plant is toxic.

There were at least three pipe brands made from the Mountain Laurel: Trapwell, Breezewood and Custombilt.

Olive wood


Brands with a vegetal logo

(Left side) Bayard (Right side) Olivier
Olive wood pipe with a briar insert. The enlarged pictures display quite well how the olive wood get darker over time.
Strawberry wood


Niznevartovsk Russia

no logo on the stem



Blasted pipe made of Strawberry Wood (Arbutus unedo)

Artisan: Roman Kovalev (born 1971) is a part time pipemaker spending 10 hours/day with his "hobby". the rest of his time he is a medical doctor (neurology) and that's why all his pipes are stamped DOC.

Markings: DOC, no gradings, no dating.

Other doctors carving pipes: Daniel Jud, Robert Kiess (Dr Bob)

Unidentified wood
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