Modern briars

The production of the briar pipe became popular after the development of engine driven machines in the period between 1850 and 1870. Especially in the French Saint-Claude, where the briar root is found, the industry of the briar pipe flourished due to the techniques the factories developed. England, Italy and Denmark started much later in this section, each showing their own line of design.

In the nineteenth century already a basic gamma of pipe shapes is designed, that are now called the classical shapes. The most popular are the billiard and the bulldog, others are less common such as Dublin, prince and poker. Even nowadays these shapes are still popular.

In the twentieth century the most respected products were made by Alfred Dunhill Ltd., on market from 1906 onwards. At the start Dunhill ordered pipes at the London Charatan factory, nothing but quality pipes regardless of the costs. When the demand increased, Dunhill founded a factory of his own, supplying classical shapes in top quality. A century later, the product is still the most appreciated pipe in the world.

In the twentieth century the briar pipe still is subject to development. That counts for the small workshops where individual pipe makers create unique free hands, mainly found in Denmark. Next to this there are gigantic factories such as Butz-Choquin in Saint-Claude. Every decennium in briar industry is marked with new inventions being representative for the fashion of that time as well as with retro designs in classical line. So even nowadays the briar pipe reflects time in shape, appearance and finish.

Modern designs are the Porsche pipes, launched in the 1980's, but also designs like the Cybele from the last years of the twentieth century. A remarkable product from this century is the Bugatti design, introduced in 2005 which combines metal and ceramic. In Saint-Claude Antoine Grenard is one of the promishing designers for modern tobacco pipes.

French briar pipe marked and with fitted case for Samuel McLardy, Manchester, 1898 early classicer with silver mounts, GBD, London, England, 1860-1890
the popular vélo-pipe for the sportive smoker and bike rider, F.M.-maker, Saint-Claude, France, 1910-1925
unusual high bowl with screw of moist trap and stem shape based on the Ulm pipe, Germany, 1910-1930
box containing two briar pipes with silver mountings, Comoy's, London, England, 1919
three pipes with carburetor systeem and characteristic bent stem, Chacom, Saint-Claude, France, 1930-1950
cassette with briar pipe and two amber cheroot holders, Fribourg & Treyer, London, 1910-1940
traditional shape with moist trap at the base of the pipe, Comoy, London, 1970-1980
the so-called uncle Paul named alter Paul Kruger, France, 1900-1910
Dunhill pipes mounted witt gold and silver bands and the extra strong spigeot system, Alfred Dunhill Ltd, London, 1960-1980
different finishings of the Dunhill: the chest nut, amber root, dress and sandblast version, Alfred Dunhill Ltd, London, 1970-1990
luxourius cassette for four Dunhill briars, London,  England, 1953
the reknown Duke originally with duck bone stem, Alfred Dunhill Ltd, Londen, England, 2001
shape derived from the cherry wood tobacco pipe, Hardcastle, London, England, 1970-1980
the so-called reading pipe with detachable bowl in luxourious handmade versions, London, 1950-1960
cassette containing a gilt cigarette holder with five coloured mouthpieces, Alfred Dunhill Ltd, London, England, 1960-1970
two handmades with meerschaum lining, London, England, 1955-1965
three longer stemmed reading pipes with albatros bone stems and buffalo horn mouthpieces, Butz-Choquin, Metz and Saint-Claude, France, 1900-1950
a health pipe with a turn-over bowl and drainage system, Saint-Claude, Frankrijk, 1920-1930
the well known series of Sherlock Holmes pipes, Peterson, Dublin, Ireland, 1975-1985
the dream of the collector: the pipe in its original box, Larsen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1975-1985
straight grain briar with briar stand and briar pipe stopper, Bjarne Nielsen, Lyngby, Denmark, 1975-1980
characteristic briar with orange colour, Lorenzo, Italy, 1975-1985
jubilee cassette with gold mounted top-quality briars, Comoy of London, Londen, Engeland, 1975
the top quality of this brand sold in a tailormade black box, Millville, London, 1960-1970 classic shape with leaflike decoration, GBD, London, 1960-1970
typical for its robust shape and colour, Lorenzo, Italy, 1965-1980
freehand with the outside of the briar block along the lower part of the pipe, Reybier, Saint-Claude, France, 1960-1970
typical freehand with rought top encircling the bowl opening, Karl Erik, Copenhagen, Danmark, 1965-1975
personal interpretation of the bulldog shape, Mastro de Paja, Pesaro, Italy, 2000
interpretation of the freehand by a French maker with rusticated bowl, Saint-Claude, France, 1960-1970 rustic finish on a classical shape, Keith Owen, London, 1970-1980
the famous design by Pierre Cardin, Saint-Claude, France, 1965-1970
design from the last years of the twentienth century with specially designed box, Butz-Choquin, Saint-Claude, France, 1999
table pipe with square sandblasted briar bowl and flexible stem, Jeantet, Saint-Claude, France, 1930-1960
la chatelaine, a rustic pipe shape that stands upright by itself, Butz-Choquin, Saint-Claude, France, 1975-1980
cybele, an alternative design in modern look and with a comfortable grip, Butz-Choquin, Saint-Claude, France, 1999
the first design of a tobacco pipe by Antoine Grenard, Chacom, Saint-Claude, France, 2006
functional design by Jean Colombo for Butz-Choquin, Saint-Claude, France, 1965-1985
box with the series of three shapes of the Porsche Design pipes, Royal Gubbels & Sons, Roermond, the Netherlands, 2003
the design of this pipe is from the Bugatti studio, put on market by Royal Gubbels, Roermond, the Netherlands, 2005
two Porsche Design pipes showing the metal ring round the bowl opening, Royal Gubbels & Sons, Roermond, the Netherlands, 2003
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