Authoritative pipe community members advised that H.T.L. stands for Hiland’s Tobacco Locker, a southern California retail tobacco chain. Pipes have been ordered from leading Europian manufacturers such as Savinelli, Comoy’s and GBD. That explains also why some of HTL pipes are stamped “Made in Italy”, while the majority of them has the nomenclature “Made in England”. Out sample has been made at the Comoy’s factory in the 1950-70s: encircled “MADE IN LODON ENGLAND” logo and the shape number 184 prove it absolutely unmistakable.
The pipe markings are “HILAND’S \ FINE GRAIN”, “MADE \ IN \ LONDON \ ENGLAND”, “184”. The length is 12.6 cm (4.96″), bowl’s height is 4.4 cm (1.73″). External diameter of the bowl is 3.7 cm (1.46″), internal diameter is 1.9 cm (0.75″). The depth is 3.6 cm (1.42″) and this pipe weights 33 gr. Briar, vulcanite stem, no filter.