Astley’s was one of the oldest and the most respected London tobacconists, the company began its noble way in 1862. To the middle of the XX century the address 109 Jermyn St. became very famous as the most popular, luxury and expensive place offering the best examples of English pipe making skills. Every self-respecting pipe smoker – a londoner or a tourist – was obliged to visit Astley’s. Astley’s pipes were ordered at the most reputable and glorified manufacturers; Charatan’s, Dunhill, James Upshall and Ashton considered it as an honor to brand their pipes with the famous address and a letter “A” on a mouthpiece. For those who missed their chance to get to this address at that time we’re offering this graceful and attractive panelled billiard. Some experts claim the “Tudor Rose” series was made by Ferndown (Les Wood).
The pipe markings are “TUDOR ROSE”, “109 JERMYN ST \ LONDON”. The length is 16.1 cm (6.34″), bowl’s height is 5.3 cm (2.09″). External side of the bowl is 3.8 cm (1.5″), internal diameter is 2.1 cm (0.83″). The depth is 4.2 cm (1.65″) and this pipe weights 65 gr. Briar, vulcanite stem, no filter. The pipe had a few chips and scratches which were carefully and reliably patched. The chamber has been protected with a break-in coat.