J. Alan Pipes . USA . (In circle)
A (inside circle)
Artisan: Jeffrey A. Burt-Gracik (born 1979) began carving pipes in 2004 while he still was student and went full-time pipe maker in 2006.
i.e. 231 08 = the 231th J. Alan Pipe in existence was crafted in 2008.
No grading except for exceptional pipes which are stamped with a wave.
According to Wilczak & Colwell, op. cit. Jacobean could be a French label (La Bruyere) or an English one (Masta and/or Josiah Brown). Given the logo on its stem (JB) the English origin of this pipe seems more probable all the more since the model # "3" in the Masta chart tallies quite well with this piece. Jacobean could thus have been crafted by Masta and retailed by Josiah Brown.
Josiah Brown Ltd. (tobacconist) 7 Market Street Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (closed down).
Artisan: Tonino Jacono is the brother-in-law of Vitaliano Posella.
Grading: the Jacono grading system is based on chess pieces.
(Ascending order) Knight, Knight E (rusticated), Bishop, Bishop E (semi-rusticated), Rook, Jack, Queen, Queen E, Queen EE, King, King E (smooth).
Size markings: Checkmate indicates a size larger than usual.
Pipes with the grades Jack, Queen or King may be stamped with a number from 1 to 100. These are the best 100 of all the pipes made in one given year.
Dating: some time in 2011 Tonino Jacono started to stamp the year of manufacture with a 2 digit number (12=2012). The same year a silver logo appeared on the mouthpieces.
Artisan: Barry Jones learned his skill from the age of 15 at Charatan's. In 1978 he joined Kenneth Barnes and established the James Upshall brand at Tilshead (Wiltshire).
Production (2006): ~ 30 pipes/week
Artisan: Jan Klouček who learn the pipe craft in Saint Claude (France). Brand established in 1999
Grades are the same as for Cognac (ascending): VS, VO, XO and VSOP