GBD pipes have been around for a very long time. In 1850 three men got together in Paris to form a Meerschaum pipe manufacturer. They were Ganneval, Bondier and Donninger, hence GBD!

PIPE GBD ESSEX 2515 LONDON ENGLAND signed RJ
PIPE GBD ESSEX 2515 LONDON ENGLAND signed RJ
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Vtg GBD Metal Pipe Cleaning Tool OLD
Vtg GBD Metal Pipe Cleaning Tool OLD
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1950s Vintage Meerschaum GBD Pipe Apple Bowl Tapered Stem With Pouch Nice
1950s Vintage Meerschaum GBD Pipe Apple Bowl Tapered Stem With Pouch Nice
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PIEZO ELECTRIC PIPE LIGHTER GBD GOLD COLOR
PIEZO ELECTRIC PIPE LIGHTER GBD GOLD COLOR
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used smoking pipe 833 GBD Number 2
used smoking pipe 833 GBD Number 2
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GBD  UNIQUE  Freehand  Horry Jameson  Tobacco estate Pipe 3
GBD UNIQUE Freehand Horry Jameson Tobacco estate Pipe 3
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CITY DELUXE Conquest by GBD of London VINTAGE 1950s Estate Pipe d12
CITY DELUXE Conquest by GBD of London VINTAGE 1950s Estate Pipe d12
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Vtg Briar Smoking Pipe marked GBD Americana London England Estate Find Used AsIs
Vtg Briar Smoking Pipe marked GBD Americana London England Estate Find Used AsIs
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GBD COLLECTOR SERIES 1960s Large Paneled Estate Pipe BEAUTY a52
GBD COLLECTOR SERIES 1960s Large Paneled Estate Pipe BEAUTY a52
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Vintage GBD Smooth GALA London England 9606 Curved Pipe
Vintage GBD Smooth GALA London England 9606 Curved Pipe
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GBD VIRGIN 1960s Top of the Line Group 5 size Estate Pipe BEAUTIFUL h43
GBD VIRGIN 1960s Top of the Line Group 5 size Estate Pipe BEAUTIFUL h43
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GBD CENTURY LONDON ENGLAND over 7901 orig stem w brass Very nice
GBD CENTURY LONDON ENGLAND over 7901 orig stem w brass Very nice
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GBD 1960s LARGE Group 5 BULLDOG Estate Pipe w Vintage Golden Rondelle h62
GBD 1960s LARGE Group 5 BULLDOG Estate Pipe w Vintage Golden Rondelle h62
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Large Irwins GBD second briar estate pipe pipa pfeife
Large Irwins GBD second briar estate pipe pipa pfeife
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GBD Top of the Line  PEDIGREE  UNIQUE  1960s Estate Pipe 4
GBD Top of the Line PEDIGREE UNIQUE 1960s Estate Pipe 4
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Ganneval came from Saint-Claude, where he learned how to make wooden pipes. Bondier came originally from Paris, but had emigrated to Geneva. He had previously worked as a wood turner in the pipe making industry in Saint-Claude, making stem extensions. Donninger was Austrian and had worked in Vienna. The three of them agreed on the name GBD, selecting the initials of their surnames.

The three owners of GBD soon realised what advantages briar wood had for tobacco pipes. It wasn't long before briar pipes overcame the Meerschaums as the main material in pipe making. Their reputation and level of business developed very quickly, during their first forty years of trading GBD won fifteen medals of achievement at international fairs worldwide. This really helped to introduce the brand successfully, not just in Europe, but also the USA, Canada and Australia.

the early GBD pipes were only made in a single grade in terms of the quality of wood, and although later on a second was added, they only offered a limited number of finishes. However, towards the end of the ninteenth century demand changed. As an example, British smokers preferred darker stainings. More varied customer demands made the introduction of additional pipe ranges necessary. Early examples are GBD Xtra and GBD Special, which both had special final treatments and fittings. Standard quality pipes were simply stamped with GBD.