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 INTERNATIONAL Smoking Pipe England 508 Box 529 with Extras
GBD INTERNATIONAL Smoking Pipe England 508 Box 529 with Extras
$26.00
OLD GBD DYNASTY LONDON ENGLAND 508 E BENT SMOKE PIPE CLEAN CONDITION
OLD GBD DYNASTY LONDON ENGLAND 508 E BENT SMOKE PIPE CLEAN CONDITION
$9.99
GBD UNIQUE MAGNUM SETTER PIPE
GBD UNIQUE MAGNUM SETTER PIPE
$141.00
c1935 English GBD w GBD Silver HALLMARKS Estate Pipe e26
c1935 English GBD w GBD Silver HALLMARKS Estate Pipe e26
$220.00
NICE VINTAGE GBD VIRGIN LOVAT SHAPE WITH RICH DARK CROSS GRAIN
NICE VINTAGE GBD VIRGIN LOVAT SHAPE WITH RICH DARK CROSS GRAIN
$19.75
DR PLUMB EXTRA GBD 2nd ENGLAND BLACK BRIAR TOBACCO PIPE 150
DR PLUMB EXTRA GBD 2nd ENGLAND BLACK BRIAR TOBACCO PIPE 150
$14.99
Vintage GBD Collector Sauvage Canadian Pipe Made England Style 263
Vintage GBD Collector Sauvage Canadian Pipe Made England Style 263
$30.00
GBD VIRGIN LOVAT SHAPE VG ESTATE PIPE
GBD VIRGIN LOVAT SHAPE VG ESTATE PIPE
$16.50
DR PLUMB GBD 2nd LONDON MADE ENGLAND SITTER BRIAR TOBACCO PIPE 168
DR PLUMB GBD 2nd LONDON MADE ENGLAND SITTER BRIAR TOBACCO PIPE 168
$16.99
DR PLUMB GBD 2nd LONDON MADE ENGLAND BRIAR TOBACCO PIPE 164
DR PLUMB GBD 2nd LONDON MADE ENGLAND BRIAR TOBACCO PIPE 164
$14.99
GBD International Estate Pipe Coronet 816
GBD International Estate Pipe Coronet 816
$4.99
GBD  Century  London England  269  Bulldog  Estate Pipe
GBD Century London England 269 Bulldog Estate Pipe
$10.50
GBD 3 Pc Smoking Pipe Tool Tamper Scraper Knife Nail Stainless Pipe Shape 3 5 8
GBD 3 Pc Smoking Pipe Tool Tamper Scraper Knife Nail Stainless Pipe Shape 3 5 8
$9.95
GBD made DR PLUMB Quintex Estate Pipe d75
GBD made DR PLUMB Quintex Estate Pipe d75
$65.00
Refurbed B n L Sutter 9436 made by GBD LB Billiard Briar Pipe New Ebonite Stem
Refurbed B n L Sutter 9436 made by GBD LB Billiard Briar Pipe New Ebonite Stem
$3.00

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.