Dec 03, 2013
▲ (Left side) Hickok
(Right side) Genuine Leather, Imported Briar, Made in Belgium
Leather clad pipe probably made for Hickok by Hilson
[Wolf head logo with P and H on each side]
The markings are usualy laser etched and white colored.
The 4 digit number represents the manufacture date.
The 3 digit number is a serial number
The last two letters (AA) could be part of a grading system. They are sometimes absent.
The meaning of the first letter (A) is unknown.
▲ No stampings on the shank.
▲ No stampings on the shank.
▲ (Underside) 40, Hilson Bolero, Made in Belgium
In 1846 a German named Jean Knödgen started to produce clay pipe in Belgium. In the late 19th century Jean Hillen who married into the Knödgen family took over the company and changed the firm in order to manufacture briar pipe. Jean Hillen had 2 sons: Jos Hillen was responsible for sales and Albert Hillen was responsible for the production. After WWII Albert founded the HILSON brand (Hillen and Son) and exported his pipes all over the world.
In 1980 after having gone bankrupt, the Belgian brand from Bree (Limburg) was taken over by the Royal Dutch Pipe Factory.
Artisan: his first name is Hiroyuki
, he is born in 1958 and works
on the Hokkaido iland. Not be confused with Hiroyuki Tokutomi
(Left side) Høgh, Handmade in Denmark
Høgh is a brand of an unknown maker.
▲ (Left side) DAN Shape-Reformed
(Right side) Pipe-Dan, Copenhagen
(Underside) 750 REI F 614, [3 Stars] A2568 G. HOLBEK
▲ Pipe carved by Gert Holbek for Pipe-Dan Copenhagen.
E X I
6521 G. Holbek
▲ A pipe which is part of G. Holbek's personnal
production (No reference to Pipe Dan on the pipe).
Artisan: Gert Holbek
(born 1928) retired
in 2007. His long carreer as pipe maker started in 1953 as
pipe repairer with Poul Rasmussen
In Mai 1956 he had to quit Poul's workshop and established on its own as
maker. Because he carved pipes on the Pipe-Dan
shapes" model the manager of the Copenhagen pipeshop soon hired him. Pipe-Dan
market Holbek's pipes until closing down in 1991.
▲ (Underside) Holeysmoke, Imported Briar
▲ (Left side) Hollycourt Relief Grain
(Right side) 7435
(Bottom) Pat 2073663
Artisan: Scott Holtman started (2006) as pipe maker
at the Briar Studio in Nashville (see Medici). Unfortunatly in
the Fall of 2011, he stayed out of the studio for several months
because of health issues.
Holtorp Handmade Denmark
Artisan: P. Holtorp
was one of the regular pipe carver at Pipe-Dan
in Copenhagen during the 1960's. Rather massive (sometimes heavy) and well grained flawless pipes.
▲ (Left side) Honey Brook,
▲ Honey-Swete, Made in France
Houka (In title block) Déposé
Très vieille racine de bruyère
▲ House of Lords, Made in England
(Left side) House of Lords, Royal Selection
(Right side) Made in London, England, 209
▲ (Left side) House of Lords, De Luxe, Made in England
(Right side) Made in, London England 13X
▲ Howal Bruyere
This is a brand of the former Pfeifenfabrik C. S. Reich in Schweina, Thüringen. The plant has been bought by Design Berlin (db) after the German reunification.
Other Eastern Bloc pipe brands: ARK (GDR), Nagykörösi Pipes -Szabó Körös Pipes- (HU), "Veresk" Company -Golden Gate- (UA)
▲ (Left side)
Artisan: Tom Howard
was a radio and theater personality who started making pipes in 1939 and stoped in the early 1950s. The way they were rusticated made his pipes often resemble Custombilt
Artisan: Jack Howell begun to be known after his participation in the 2004 Chicago Pipeshow.
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