▲ Nantua, Made in France, Imported Briar
Ropp stamped a cursive R on the stems of some of their export pipes.
▲ Natural World, Hand Made (On the logo)
Artisan: Frank Augsberger (1959-1995 †). He carved pipes from 1978 to 1987, first in Chicago and later in Lombard (IL).
▲ (Left side) Nic'Out, Systeme Déposé
(Right side) munie du filtre, Riz La +
▲ The logo: a rooster on two circles.
▲ (Left side) ROSSI (Right side) 104
▲ Rossi's first logo: an inlaid metalic oval disc.
▲ (Left side) Rossi , Spiral, Made in Italy
▲ (Left side) FRB (In oval)
(Right side) MFD. By Rossi
▲ After the first world war Leonida Rossi was designated as chairman and joined by his brothers. The name of the corporate became Fratelli Rossi Barasso hence the FRB abbreviation.
▲ (Left side) Nino Rossi 1886
(Right side) 167
Brand founded in 1886 by Ferdinando Rossi senior. He estabished a factory in Barasso, 5 miles away from Varese. The pipes production by the 850 employees reached 50,000 pipes/day in 1936.
Ferdinando Rossi junior headed the company from 1946 until close down in