GBD Prehistoric 9438 Sandblasted Billiard Estate Briar Pipe, English Estates

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GBD was one of several prominent examples of a French pipe brand that, due to certain circumstances, became a maker most associated with classic ‘British’ pipes. Founded in 1850 by the French trio Ganneval, Bondier & Donninger, the brand was bought by English company Oppenheimer at the beginning of the 20th century, who opened factories in London and Paris to meet an increasing demand for the make’s high-quality and highly desirable pipes. Partly owing to the make’s inventive, yet traditional shapes, and partly due to the high standards of their production, GBD pipes are particularly coveted by collectors, as well as those who simply appreciate classic, well-made smoking instruments.

The Prehistoric was GBD’s series of sandblasted pipes, with this one having a particularly impressive, ring grain blast all around its bowl. But this Prehistoric has something that not all Prehistoric pipes had: a perspex stem. As if the perspex wasn’t enough of a giveaway, this GBD was made prior to the merger of GBD with Cadogan Investments in 1980.

The condition is very good. There’s some rim darkening, but I wouldn’t consider it a major issue.



Length: 6″ / 152.4mm

Bowl Width: 0.89 / 22.60mm

Bowl Depth: 1.6″ / 40.64mm

Weight: 1.2oz / 36g

Additional information

Weight 15 oz
Condition Used