A SMALL COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE SILVER
AND OBJECTS OF VERTU
THE WHAT IS? SILVER DICTIONARY

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: W
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
W.A without frame
Walter ALLEN - Manchester
CHE
1911
tobacconist wholesaler
WATTS over NOTTm without frame
Arthur WATTS - Nottingham
CHE
1897
tobacconist
W&B without frame
Max Ehrigott Aaron WITTENBERG Frederick William BATESON trading as M.E. Aaron WITTENBERG & BATESON - Accrington
CHE
1896
pipe manufacturers
W.B.R without frame
William Barnes RUSSEL - Manchester
CHE
1910
tobacconist
W-BR into an oval
William Barnes RUSSEL - Manchester
CHE
1899
tobacconist
WBR into an oblong oval
William Barnes RUSSEL - Manchester
CHE
1888
tobacconist
WBR into a lozenge
William Barnes RUSSEL - Manchester
CHE
1888 c.
tobacconist
WBR into a ribbon
William Barnes RUSSEL - Manchester
CHE
1888 c.
tobacconist
W C into an oblong oval
W. COLLINS - Birmingham
BIR
1905
pipe mounter
W&Co without frame
Max WITTENBERG director of WITTENBERG & CO - Accrington
CHE
1895
briar manufacturers and silver mounters


W&Co without frame
James Williamson RUSSEL trading as WILLIAMSON & CO - Liverpool
CHE
1897
pipe mounters
W.&Co Ld without frame
THE WITTEN PATENT PIPE CO LTD - Manchester
CHE
1911
pipe manufacturers
W&Co. Ltd. without frame
THE WITTEN PATENT PIPE CO LTD - Manchester
CHE
1911
pipe manufacturers
W.F. over R. into a shield
Walter Francis READING - London
CHE
LON
1890
1892
pipe mounter
W.G into two conjoined circles William Gardner Groves - London: London 1916 hallmark William Gardner Groves - London: London 1916 hallmark
Willian Gardner GROVES - London William Gardner Groves - London: London 1916 hallmark
LON
1909
gold & silver worker
W.H into a rectangle William Harrison - London: Birmingham 1909 hallmark
Willian HARRISON - London
the silver ferrule bears the mark L&A.O into a rectangle, Birmingham 1908, Louis ORLIK Alfred ORLIK trading as L&A ORLIK - London,
William Harrison - London: Birmingham 1909 hallmark Birmingham 1908, Louis ORLIK Alfred ORLIK trading as L&A ORLIK - London
BIR
CHE

1907
silversmith: various Harrison's marks in Chester Assay Office were registered by Imperial Tobacco Co between 1907 and 1916
W.H without frame William Harrison - London: Chester 1922 hallmark
Willian HARRISON - London William Harrison - London: Chester 1922 hallmark
CHE
1907
silversmith
W.H.C without frame
W.H. CARRINGTON & CO - Manchester
BIR
CHE
1881
1886 c.
tobacconists and fancy goods dealers
W.H.C into an oval W.H. CARRINGTON & CO - Manchester: Birmingham hallmark











W.H. CARRINGTON & CO - Manchester: Chester 1894 hallmark
W.H. CARRINGTON & CO - Manchester W.H. CARRINGTON & CO - Manchester: Birmingham hallmark













W.H. CARRINGTON & CO - Manchester: Chester 1894 hallmark
CHE
BIR
1888
1891
tobacconists and fancy goods dealers
W.H.C into a rectangle
W.H. CARRINGTON & CO - Manchester
CHE
1885
tobacconists and fancy goods dealers
WHC into a ribbon
W.H. CARRINGTON & CO - Manchester
CHE
1891
tobacconists and fancy goods dealers
WH over CM without frame
W.H. CARRINGTON & CO - Manchester
CHE
1882
tobacconists and fancy goods dealers
W.H & J.W into an oblong oval
W.H.& J. WOODS LTD - Preston
CHE
1904
tobacco manufacturer
WHN into three conjoined circles
William Henry NEWMAN W.H. NEWMAN LTD - Birmingham
CHE
BIR
1903
1903
pipe mount manufacturer
W H N without frame
W.H. NEWMAN LTD - Birmingham
BIR
1889
pipe mounters
W H N into an oblong oval
W.H. NEWMAN LTD - Birmingham
BIR
1889
pipe mounters
W H N into three separate squares
W.H. NEWMAN LTD - Birmingham
BIR
1890
pipe mounters
W over H.N over Ld into a lozenge
W.H. NEWMAN LTD - Birmingham
BIR
1900
pipe mount makers
WHP without frame
William Henry PIERCE - Manchester
CHE
1883
tobacco pipe manufacturer
W.H.P without frame
William Henry PIERCE - Manchester
CHE
1883
tobacco pipe manufacturer
W H V into three separate squares
William Henry VINCE - Leeds
CHE
1905
tobacconist
W.K into an oval
William KELLY - Londonderry, Ireland
CHE
1899
tobacconist
W.P into a rectangle
Ferdinand WRENERBERGER William PARRY trading as WRENERBERGER & PARRY - Chester
CHE
1894
silver pipe mounters


W.P into an oval
William Henry PETERS - Bournemouth
CHE
1912
tobacconist
W P into two separate squares
William POTTER - Birmingham
BIR
1872
pipe mounter
W.P without frame
William POWELL - Birmingham
BIR
1891
pipe mounter
W P into a chamfered rectangle
William POWELL - Birmingham
BIR
1891
pipe mounter
W.P into an oval
William POTTER - Birmingham
BIR
1894
pipe mounter
WR into a lozenge
Walter REEVES - London
CHE
1907
pipe mounter
WR into a rectangle
William REED trading as W.REED & CO - London
CHE
1902
tobacco pipe importer
W.W without frame
William WALKER - London
CHE
1898
pipe mounter
W.W into an oval
William WALKER - London
CHE
1898
pipe mounter
W.W into a rectangle (two curved sides)
William WALKER - London
CHE
1897
pipe mounter
WW without frame
William WALKER - London
CHE
LON
1887 c.
1887
pipe mounter
W.Y over S.Y without frame
Walter Henry YERBURG Sydney Percy YERBURG trading as W.H. YERBURG & SON - London
CHE
1912
1887
tobacconist

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