This pipe hails from a highly respected and conservative English family manufacturer, Blakemar. The brand is named after the village of Blakesley and Thomas Martin, who established the company in 1890. Over time, management passed down to Thomas’ son, Richard Martin, and then to Richard’s nephew, Michael Billington. Despite these changes and relocating production to Litchborough, the company remained true to its policy of conservative evolution, occasionally introducing new shapes or 9 mm filters while still preserving the same quality pipes that have been produced since 1890. As noted by Pipedia, these pipes are a true joy to behold and smoke.
The featured pipe is an excellent example of Blakemar’s production. Boasting a classical shape reminiscent of Peterson’s XL12/XL17, it is capacious, elegant, and quintessentially English.
Pipe markings “BLAKEMAR BRIARS \ MADE IN ENGLAND”
Length 12.4 cm (4.88″)
Bowl Height 5.3 cm (2.09″)
Outside Diameter 4.0 cm (1.57″)
Chamber Diameter 1.9 cm (0.75″)
Chamber Depth 4.3 cm (1.69″)
Weight 71 gr.
Briar, vulcanite stem (very lightly corrected, you may notice the trace under a vright light), no filter.
The pipe was accurately smoked, it has been thoroughly cleaned, polished, sanitized and now is ready for a new life.