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Viggo Nielsen

 Denmark
Brands with one dot logo

 (Underside)

Viggo Nielsen, Faaborg, Handmade

Jewel of Denmark

(Underside)

Nielsen (Arched) handmade, in Denmark (Arched)

HANDSHAPED

(Right side)

Straight Grain

(Left underside)

Viggo Nielsen (Arched)

Kai Nielsen

(Right underside)

Handmade, In Denmark

An example of a pipe carved by Kai Nielsen under the "Viggo Nielsen" brand. 
Artisan: Viggo Nielsen (1927 - †2009) starts making pipes during WWII. He estabishes his own Bari factory in 1948. The business is sold to a German tobacco manufacturer in 1978 and from this period on he starts the "Faaborg Pipe" (Fåborg Pibe) with his two sons Jørgen Nielsen and Kai Nielsen.
The "Jewel of Denmark" stamping is reserved for perfect pipes (flawless straight grain).

Viking

Bjarne
 Denmark
  Viking Classic, Hand Made in Denmark

Vincent

(Pierre)
 France
Brands with ornate spot or disk logo

 

Retired Artisan: Pierre Vincent
French revolution commemoration (1789 - 1989).
See also the pipe commemorating the 200th anniversary of the independence of the United States.
Other french flag logo: Ropp Nationale

Vincenzo Lombardi

Brebbia
 Italy

 

  Vincenzo Lombardi
Same Logo as Cellini (an other Brebbia second).
Others fleur-de-lis logos: Ajustomatic, Duke of Kent, Fleur de Lis, Harrington Park, Omega, Thomas

Vinche

 Belgium
Brands with triangle logo

 (Left side) Vinche, Doublee Ecume  (Right side) Extra
Meerschaum pipes

no logo on the stem

 (Inside lid of the case)

― J. B. Vinche ―

― 85, rue du Marché aux Herbes ―

― Bruxelles ―

(On the edge of the case)

◊― FOURNISSEUR BREVETE DE S.A.R. MGR LE PRINCE ALBERT DE BELGIQUE ―◊ (1)

― DIPLOMES D'HONNEUR LIEGE 1905 MILAN 1908 ―

Though impossible to be precisely dated, this pipe might be estimated prior to WWII given the address of the former shop stamped inside the case lid.

(1) Transl: "Patented supplier of H.R.H. The Prince Albert of Belgium"

"Prince Albert" is one of the titles of Albert I, king of the Belgians from 1909 to 1934. (See enlarged view #3).

The brand has been created at Bruxelles in 1864 by Jean Batiste Vinche and runed after him by his son Victor. Marcel and René Vinche (3rd generation) managed the corporate from 1927 on.
The brand is famous for its meerschaum pipes but briar pipes were also produced after 1938. In 1965 Jacques Vinche (4th generation) enters the family firm. Jeff and Mia Koopmans from Hilson Pipes joined in 1977. Today (2009) Ben and Wim Koopmans manage the business.
Sandpiper

Viou

(See Paul Viou)

Viprati

LUIGI VIPRATI
 Italy
Brands with an unique letter logo

 (Left side)

La Pipa (In oval) L. Viprati

(Bottom)

◊ Hand Made, Italy [Five clovers] ◊

 (Left side)

L. Viprati

(Bottom left)

◊ Hand Made, Italy [Two clovers] ◊

Artisan: Luigi Viprati (born 1953) full time pipemaker since 1982.

Luigi Viprati

Adios Peseta Ciao Lira

Adios Peseta Adios Peseta

Salvador Dali, 5h 55 Salvador Dali, 5h 55

Autodafé Autodafé

Un calumet de Viprati Un calumet de Viprati

Variations Viprati Variations Viprati

Grading (ascending): From 1 to 5 clovers. There is no Grade 3 (the number is considered unlucky by some Italians).

Top pipes are marked as Fiammatas.

Rusticated pipes are ungraded.

See also: La Pipa

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