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TOBACCONISTS
PIPE MAKERS
PIPE MOUNTERS
SILVER HALLMARKS

A pipe for tobacco smoking typically consists of a small chamber (the bowl) for the combustion of the tobacco to be smoked and a thin stem (shank) that ends in a mouthpiece (the bit).
The stem needs a long channel of constant position and diameter running through it, and this is difficult to carve out of a pre-existing block. Because it is molded rather than carved, clay may make up the entire pipe or just the bowl, but most other materials have stems made separately and detachable.
Often a silver band is used to connect the bowl to the detachable stem. In the UK, sterling silver spigots (or ferrules) bear Assay Office's hallmarks which allow to date the pipes and obtain information about their maker, mounter or importer.
In most cases these objects weren't presented to hallmarking by silversmiths but by importers, retailers and pipe mounters who were identified in Assay Office's ledgers as "tobacconists", "pipe makers" or "pipe mounters".
The tobacconist is an expert dealer in tobacco in various forms and related accessories as pipes, lighters, matches, pipe cleaners, pipe tampers, ashtrays, cigar cutters or "novelties".
TOBACCONISTS - PIPE MANUFACTURERS - PIPE MOUNTERS
PIPES, TOBACCO, CIGARS AND FANCY GOODS IMPORTERS IN BRITISH ASSAY OFFICES

MAKER'S AND SPONSOR'S MARK: B
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z




BIR=Birmingham    CHE=Chester    DUB=Dublin    LON=London
MARK
NAME
ASSAY OFFICE
DATE
TRADE
B.A into a rectangle
B. AINSWORTH - Accrington
CHE
1916
briar pipe makers and repairers
BB into a rectangle Benjamin BARLING - London: London 1850 hallmark
Benjamin BARLING - London Benjamin BARLING - London: London 1850 hallmark on a Kalmasch - meerschaum pipe of Germanic/Viennese origin Benjamin BARLING - London: London 1850 hallmark on a Kalmasch - meerschaum pipe of Germanic/Viennese origin
LON
1815
smallworker
B over BB into a lozenge Blumfeld’s Best Briar, formerly A. Frankau  LOGO: Birmingham 1909 hallmark
BLUMFELD'S BEST BRIAR, formerly A. FRANKAU BEST BRITISH BRIAR LOGO: Birmingham 1909 hallmark
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B & Co into an oblong rectangle Bewlay & Co Ltd, London 1913 hallmark
BEWLAY & Co Ltd Bewlay & Co Ltd, London 1913
LON
1903
eight similar marks entered from 1903 to 1910. Most of them were entered by Baron Elkan, Managing Director
B & H into an oblong rectangle
Arthur BROMAGE Joseph HAWKINS trading as BROMAGE & HAWKINS - Manchester
CHE
1927
tobacco pipe mounters
BSG into an oblong rectangle
Joseph SMITH Robert BAXENDALE Samuel GRIMES - Manchester
CHE
1929
pipe mounters
B.W into a rectangle
Eliza WADE - Leeds
CHE
1883
manufacturer and importer of tobacco goods
B.W into an oval
Eliza WADE - Leeds
CHE
1883
manufacturer and importer of tobacco goods
B.W into an oval
Eliza WADE Edwin WADE Herbert WADE trading as B.WADE- Leeds
CHE
1913
pipe manufacturers
B.W into an oval
Edwin WADE Herbert WADE - Leeds
CHE
1919
pipe manufacturers
B.W over E.W without frame Ben WADE Eliza WADE - Leeds: Sheffield 1911 hallmark
Ben WADE Eliza WADE - Leeds Ben WADE Eliza WADE - Leeds: Sheffield 1911 hallmark
SHE
1900
manufacturer and importer of tobacco goods
BWL gothic into three separate squares Ben WADE - Leeds (possibly)
Ben WADE - Leeds (possibly) Ben WADE - Leeds (possibly)
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