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 ENGLISH made Estate Pipe 3
GBD ENGLISH made Estate Pipe 3
$60.00
Jamesons Collector 9567 Estate Pipe London England GBD Good Condition No Res
Jamesons Collector 9567 Estate Pipe London England GBD Good Condition No Res
$9.99
GBD Sir Jeffrey BRIAR CALABASH Estate Pipe 5
GBD Sir Jeffrey BRIAR CALABASH Estate Pipe 5
$80.00
Vintage Pipe GBD OLD BRIAR PIPE TOBACCO PIPE SMOKING PIPE VINTAGE GBD PIPE USED
Vintage Pipe GBD OLD BRIAR PIPE TOBACCO PIPE SMOKING PIPE VINTAGE GBD PIPE USED
$10.00
3 three GBD London Made Pipe Sleeves Socks Bags Good used condition
3 three GBD London Made Pipe Sleeves Socks Bags Good used condition
$19.99
Vintage Pipe Lot Kaywoodie Sportsman GBD Jobey Irwins
Vintage Pipe Lot Kaywoodie Sportsman GBD Jobey Irwins
$41.00
GBD Top of the Line  PEDIGREE  UNIQUE  Freehand 1960s Estate Pipe 3
GBD Top of the Line PEDIGREE UNIQUE Freehand 1960s Estate Pipe 3
$500.00
ENGLISH ESTATE PIPE GBD 329 VIRGIN
ENGLISH ESTATE PIPE GBD 329 VIRGIN
$90.00
OLD ESTATEUNSMOKED GBD CONCORDE BIG BULL DOG SHAPE PIPEVERY NICE
OLD ESTATEUNSMOKED GBD CONCORDE BIG BULL DOG SHAPE PIPEVERY NICE
$11.16
GBD Jumbo 563 Bent Billiard
GBD Jumbo 563 Bent Billiard
$24.95
GBD Pre Historic LONDON ENGLAND 2505
GBD Pre Historic LONDON ENGLAND 2505
$54.00
Vintage GBD Sierra Estate Pipe 875 Made in France
Vintage GBD Sierra Estate Pipe 875 Made in France
$26.00
GBD Collector Series THICK  CHUNKY 1960s w Clear Perspex Estate Pipe m33
GBD Collector Series THICK CHUNKY 1960s w Clear Perspex Estate Pipe m33
$90.00
Vintage GBD made Dr Plumb GT 289L St Cloud Estate Pipe Near Mint
Vintage GBD made Dr Plumb GT 289L St Cloud Estate Pipe Near Mint
$30.00
LOT OF 4 VINTAGE ESTATE SMOKING PIPE 1 GBD 2 WHITEHALL 1 THE PIPE
LOT OF 4 VINTAGE ESTATE SMOKING PIPE 1 GBD 2 WHITEHALL 1 THE PIPE
$59.00

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.