Old good English pipe makers highly respected theirs customers. Also they really respected theirs resellers – a numberous tobacconists who represented the most tasty tobacco and the best samples of English pipe art almost in every city and small town.
Some manufacturers (such as Comoys) willingly stamped pipe shop names instead of own marking. Barling added a tobacco shop name on the right side of the shank. Similar approach was typical also for John Redman Ltd – they added additional stamp such as “For Pogues” or “For Sibley’s” over own nomenclature like in this case.
We didn’t find so far more details about Sibley’s tobacco shop, but the pipe is really worth attention – lightweight volcano with eye-catching “alligator skin” rustication, possibly inspired (or made for Redman) by Blakemar Briars.
The pipe marking is “GOLDEN SQUARE \ LONDON MADE \ MADE IN ENGLAND”, “190”, “FOR SIBLEY’S”. The length is 12.8 cm (5.04″), bowl’s height is 4.4 cm (1.73″). External diameter of the bowl is 4.0 cm (1.57″), internal diameter is 2.2 cm (0.87″). The depth is 3.7 cm (1.46″) and this pipe weights 37 gr. Briar, vulcanite stem, no filter. The air passage is drilled a bit off center, you may see that on the picture, but generally that couldn’t be a problem for such the wide chamber.