― V. Beast ―
◊― [Logo] Vacher ―◊
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Artisan: Robert Vacher (born 1961) of Laughing Moon Pipes. He helped Brian Ruthenberg at his beginings.
The pipes are stamped with a 4 digits number (in one or two parts).
First 2 digits: pipe number in the year. Last 2 digits: year of manufacture.
5702: 57th pipe crafted in 2002
36-03: 36th pipe crafted in 2003
▲ (Left side)
Vander Elst, Selected Briar
In 1848, Karl Ellenberger and his partner Carl August Ziener establish a pipe factory in Nuremberg. In 1901 they merge with Gebhard Ott an other factory in town and they create a firm named Vereinigten Pfeifenfabriken Nürnberg (abbreviated : VPFN*). Shortly after Ernst Eckert, a member of the Ott family became manager of the society. During the 20th century Adolf, Ernst (jr) and Alexander Eckert (CEO in 2012) followed one another at Vauen's head.
* VPFN : "V" is said VAU in German (pronounce faou) and "N" becomes EN. Hence VAUEN.