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!

GBD unique pipe
GBD unique pipe
$450.00
GBD NEW ERA 9465 Estate Pipe NO RESERVE
GBD NEW ERA 9465 Estate Pipe NO RESERVE
$9.99
GBD Virgin 357 Estate Pipe NO RESERVE
GBD Virgin 357 Estate Pipe NO RESERVE
$25.99
GBD Speciale 109 Estate Pipe NO RESERVE
GBD Speciale 109 Estate Pipe NO RESERVE
$15.50
CITY DE LUXE BY GBD
CITY DE LUXE BY GBD
$11.88
IRWINS BY GBD
IRWINS BY GBD
$9.90
GBD CONQUEST GRANITAN PIPE W EARLY BRASS STEM LOGO INLAY PIPESTUD
GBD CONQUEST GRANITAN PIPE W EARLY BRASS STEM LOGO INLAY PIPESTUD
$26.50
GBD VIRGIN CONQUEST BANKER SHAPED PIPE W PERSPEX STEM  BRASS LOGO PIPESTUD
GBD VIRGIN CONQUEST BANKER SHAPED PIPE W PERSPEX STEM BRASS LOGO PIPESTUD
$25.49
GBD Pebble Grain smoking pipe
GBD Pebble Grain smoking pipe
$70.00
GBD Prehistoric 1054 Sandblast Billiard Cracked Stem
GBD Prehistoric 1054 Sandblast Billiard Cracked Stem
$1.58
GBD 1960s LARGE Group 5 BULLDOG Estate Pipe w Vintage Golden Rondelle k93
GBD 1960s LARGE Group 5 BULLDOG Estate Pipe w Vintage Golden Rondelle k93
$75.00
GBD Collector Ebony 9671 Lightly smoked new condition Square shank Poker
GBD Collector Ebony 9671 Lightly smoked new condition Square shank Poker
$29.75
Vintage Estate GBD International Slightly Bent Billiard XL Bowl
Vintage Estate GBD International Slightly Bent Billiard XL Bowl
$8.00
EXCELLENT VINTAGE GBD NEW ERA CLASSIC APPLE ENGLISH Estate Pipe SUPER CLEAN
EXCELLENT VINTAGE GBD NEW ERA CLASSIC APPLE ENGLISH Estate Pipe SUPER CLEAN
$53.00
GBD CENTURY Pipe Made in London England 5 1 2 Long
GBD CENTURY Pipe Made in London England 5 1 2 Long
$29.95

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.