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!

Digby 1345 Sitter GBD 2nd English Made Briar Pipe
Digby 1345 Sitter GBD 2nd English Made Briar Pipe
$17.50
GBD Smoking Pipe GBD Autumn Gold Bent Stem 5031
GBD Smoking Pipe GBD Autumn Gold Bent Stem 5031
$120.31
MINT City de Luxe pipe by GBD comes with a BOX
MINT City de Luxe pipe by GBD comes with a BOX
$51.74
Lovely lightly smoked GBD Regent 3 4 Bent Billiard 397 StClaude France Briar
Lovely lightly smoked GBD Regent 3 4 Bent Billiard 397 StClaude France Briar
$8.40
12 Estate PIpes NO RESERVE Parker Savinelli GBD Weber Orlik +
12 Estate PIpes NO RESERVE Parker Savinelli GBD Weber Orlik +
$42.00
Vintage GBD ROCKROOT Hand Carved Briar Estate Pipe Made in London England 1960s
Vintage GBD ROCKROOT Hand Carved Briar Estate Pipe Made in London England 1960s
$23.75
Vintage Irwins London Made Pipe briar estate pipe GBD
Vintage Irwins London Made Pipe briar estate pipe GBD
$29.00
GBD LONG SHAFT PIPE COLLECTOR PREHISTORIC 263 LONDON ENGLAND
GBD LONG SHAFT PIPE COLLECTOR PREHISTORIC 263 LONDON ENGLAND
$38.00
GBD  Century  7901  London England  Estate Pipe
GBD Century 7901 London England Estate Pipe
$7.50
Vintage GBD tabacco pipe made in London England excellent condition
Vintage GBD tabacco pipe made in London England excellent condition
$29.99
Vintage GBD ROCKROOT 867 Estate Tobacco Smoking Pipe Full Bent London England
Vintage GBD ROCKROOT 867 Estate Tobacco Smoking Pipe Full Bent London England
$15.50
ENGLISH ESTATE PIPE GBD UNIQUE
ENGLISH ESTATE PIPE GBD UNIQUE
$200.00
Vintage GBD COLLECTOR PREHISTORIC PIPE london England 9539
Vintage GBD COLLECTOR PREHISTORIC PIPE london England 9539
$25.49
GBD Top of the Line  PEDIGREE  UNIQUE  1960s Estate Pipe 4
GBD Top of the Line PEDIGREE UNIQUE 1960s Estate Pipe 4
$750.00
GBD New Standard 549 Estate Tobacco Smoking Pipe
GBD New Standard 549 Estate Tobacco Smoking Pipe
$25.99

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.