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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: A
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
A A A in script
Arthur Angus ANDERSON - Glasgow
CHE
1898
tobacco and cigar merchant
AB into a lozenge
Arthur BROMAGE - Manchester
CHE
1912
pipe mounter
A.B into an oval
Andrew BORLAND - Belfast
CHE
1897
tobacconist
AB & C into an oval
Albert BAKER & CO LTD - London
CHE
1899
tobacconists
AB & Co into an oblong hexagon Albert BAKER & CO LTD - London: Birmingham 1909 hallmark
Albert BAKER & CO (1898) LTD - London Albert BAKER & CO LTD - London: Birmingham 1909 hallmark
BIR
LON

1910
tobacco, cigar, cigarette and pipe manufacturers
AC without frame NOT IDENTIFIED: London 1910 import hallmark
NOT IDENTIFIED NOT IDENTIFIED: London 1910 import hallmark
.
.
.
AC into an oval
Richard CARTER trading as A. CARTER - Manchester
CHE
1897
tobacconist
A.C into an oblong rectangle
Alexander CAMERON - Glasgow
CHE
1900
pipe mounter
A.D into a rectangle Auguste DREYFUS trading as DREYFUS & CO - London: London hallmark
Auguste DREYFUS trading as DREYFUS & CO - London Auguste DREYFUS trading as DREYFUS & CO - London: London hallmark
CHE
LON
1885
.
pipe manufacturers
A.D over J.D without frame Auguste DELACOUR Joseph DELACOUR trading as DELACOUR BROTHERS LTD - London: Birmingham 1911 hallmark












Auguste DELACOUR Joseph DELACOUR trading as DELACOUR BROTHERS LTD - London: London 1921 hallmark
Auguste DELACOUR Joseph DELACOUR trading as DELACOUR BROTHERS LTD - London Auguste DELACOUR Joseph DELACOUR trading as DELACOUR BROTHERS LTD - London: Birmingham 1911 hallmark
BIR
LON

1909
tobacco pipe manufacturers
A.D into a lozenge NOT IDENTIFIED: Birmingham 1910 hallmark
NOT IDENTIFIED
BIR
.
.
AF & Co inside a chamfered rectangle Adolph FRANKAU & CO LTD - London: Birmingham 1912 hallmark
Adolph FRANKAU & CO LTD - London Adolph FRANKAU & CO LTD - London: Birmingham 1912 hallmark
BIR
LON

1902
gold & silver workers
A.G into an oval
Alfred GURNEY - Liverpool
CHE
1898
tobacconist
AHL into a lozenge
Alfred Howarth LANDLESS - Manchester
CHE
1895
pipe mounter
AJN into an oval
Alfred Jerrod NATHAN - London
CHE
1895
tobacconist and fancy goods
AK into an oval
Aaron KUIT - Manchester
CHE
BIR
1891
1900
tobacconist
A.L into an oval
Alfred LEWIS - London
CHE
1899
tobacco pouch manufacturer
A.N into an oval
Augusta NORTH - Preston
CHE
1907
pipe manufacturer
AP without outline Adolph POSENER trading as Adolph POSENER & Co - London: Chester 1905 hallmark
Adolph POSENER trading as Adolph POSENER & Co - London Adolph POSENER trading as Adolph POSENER & Co - London: Chester 1905 hallmark
CHE
LON
1896
1885
pipe manufacturer, tobacconist and fancy goods dealers
AP & Co into an oblong rectangle
Adolph POSENER trading as POSENER & Co - London
CHE
1910
pipe and fancy goods manufacturers
ART into an oval
Alfred Richard TAYLOR - Ilkeston
CHE
1900
tobacconist
A & S into an oval
Andrew ANDERSON trading as ANDERSON & SON - Glasgow
CHE
1900
tobacco an cigar importers
AW into an oval
Arthur WATTS - Northampton
CHE
1899
tobacconist
A.W into a lozenge
Amos WHEATLEY - Manchester
CHE
1899
pipe mounter
AWB into an oblong oval
EVANS CONCINNUM METAL WORKS LTD - London
CHE
1922
tobacconist supplier
AWP into an oval
Arthur William PAYNE - Newport Monmouth
CHE
1907
tobacconist
AW.P into an oblong oval
Arthur William PAYNE - Newport Monmouth
CHE
1908
tobacconist
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