“Made of the finest briar root obtainable this natural finish pipe develops a magnificent character and its tan deepens in service”. So the London Pride pipes were described in the old Comoy’s catalogues where this grade was next to the highest – legendary and blazing Blue Riband. London pride pipes are undoubtedly a great example of the classical English pipe making tradition in line with the highest quality requirements. The shapes in the most cases are conservative enough, but who else could make so much refined and fascinating billiards and bents?
Todays’ pipe can be dated between the 1950s and 1970s, but it was definitely made before the merge with Cadogan – both the stamping and 3-part “C” on the stem are the proof.
The pipe markings are “COMOY’S \ LONDON PRIDE”, “MADE | IN \ LONDON \ ENGLAND”, “270B”. The length is 17.0 cm (6.69″), bowl’s height is 4.6 cm (1.81″). External diameter of the bowl is 3.5 cm (1.38″), internal diameter is 1.9 cm (0.75″). The depth is 4.0 cm (1.57″) and this pipe weights 35 gr. Briar, vulcanite stem, no filter. The chamber has a normal smoking wear with some light webbing, but without any critical issues. The button looks to be a bit oversanded by one of the former owners, but it sits comfortable enough in the mouth.