May 13, 2013
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― I R ―
Artisan: Volker Bier (born 1968).
Grading (ascending): The letters correspond to the initials of various
JP "Judas Priest", IR "Iron Maiden", RA "Rammstein",
Other stampings: IE "InExtremo" (bamboo shanks), BR "Brings" (Morta
pipes), SA (olivewood bowls)
▲ (Left side) Real
Briar (Arched) Big Bill, Made in Malta
Big Bill is a brand of The Briar Pipeworks Ltd., a corporate situated
in Marsa (isle of Malta) and established in 1933.
See also: Grandmaster
▲ (Left side) Bill
Sargent, Topeka. KS. Logo: 3 aligned dots, the last
Artisan: Bill Sargent († in the 1980s)
pipemaker, reparman, and tobacco shop owner in Topeka, Kansas.
Artisan: Klaus-Dieter Billerbeck (aka "Bille").
He began to make freehand pipes in 1989 after retiring from his police
The number stamped on the shank is increased by one for each new pipe.
#944: Oct 1998. #999: Nov 1999
Genuine Leather, Italy
carved by K. Bittner
Antique, 511 Italy
According to Wilczak & Colwell, op.
this could be the name of an English Tobacco shop.
Handmade, in Denmark
― Bjarne Nielsen, Handmade, In Denmark ―
― D ―
Bjarne Nielsen (1941 - † 2008) distributed his own "Bjarne" brand
and pipes carved by Danish pipemakers (Mogens
Johansen, Tonni Nielsen or Ph.
High grade pipes were stamped "Bjarne Nielsen" without any
logo on the mouthpiece and graded A, B, C and D.
Bjarne second brand: Viking
▲ (Underside) Black
Diamond, Imported Shelled Briar, 3165 / TD
This brand could be a DUNCAN
second according to Wilczak & Colwell, op.
(On top) Blackwood 2000
(On bottom) Super, 721
Bros (gothic), Make, Montreal, Selected, 51.77
▲ 1 red dot: Machine-carved pipes
▲ 1 red + 1 grey dot: Machine-carved pipes
but with exceptional grain
▲ 2 red dots: Hand made pipe produced in limited quantities
▲ (Left side)
Blatter Montreal, Select
(Right side) Robert Blatter
(Underside) 128-93, B.A. PHILO
▲ This is the only Blatter pipe in the world with three dots.
▲ This pipe was carved
during the "factory period" (before 1964) but it was marked with
a green dot which appeared in 1964 and
was continued until 1967. After 1968 Blatter pipes were marked with the
red dot. The stamping corresponds to a period ranging from mid 1970s to
Blatter & Blatter Inc. Pipemakers since 1907
Artisan: Robert Blatter
See also: Rettalb
Briar, Foreign (In diamond), Blue Spot, Regd. No. 8732445
▲ The "blue" spot
may be discolored.
"BLUE" over the spot.
▲ (Left side) Real
Briar, Foreign (In diamond), Blue Spot
▲ "BLUE" under
the light blue spot.
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