English Estates: GBD New Standard Conquest Billiard with Silver (9519) (pre-1980) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-37492

GBD was established in 1850 in Paris, France, its name the initials of its founders, Ganneval, Bondier, and Donninger, and the company was dedicated to the manufacture of meerschaum pipes. After a number of name changes thanks to the rather unstable company hierarchy, which saw Bondier being the only remaining original member of the brand's eponymous triumvirate, GBD's main operations began being ran by August Marechal and Ferdinand Ruchon. The first 40 years of the marque's existence was marked by a staggering 15 medals of achievement for their various pipe making innovations across multiple international fairs, firmly establishing them as one of the preeminent pipe manufacturers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1902, GBD became an English company, being sold to A. Oppenheimer & Co. in London in 1902 and having since expanded into the carving of briar pipes. Over the next century, Oppenheimer & Co. acquired other iconic brands such as BBB, Orlik, Loewe & Co., and Comoy's in the 1980s. Since then, GBD's production has been handled by Cadogan, continuing the marque's pipe-making legacy into the 21st century. This "9519" Lumberman showcases GBD's classic style well, complete with a wide transition and compressed, ovoid shank that extends to meet a sleek and rather long black vulcanite saddle stem. A band of silver marks the junction of this pre-1980 piece, introducing a wealth of contrasting color that pulls some of the visual weight away from the bowl. Up front, the bowl stands atop a rounded heel that supports tall, thick walls that taper gently to the rim and offer a robust feel in hand. Dressed in a warm, rich, deep mahogany-hued stain, the stummel showcases plenty of handsome grain, with flame surrounding the bowl.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Finish Buffed Off Rim Mild Chamber Carbonizing Small Scratches Around The Bowl Finish Faded

CONQUEST (script)
GBD (in an oval shape)
  • Length: 6.54 in./166.12 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.06 in./52.32 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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