By Irish Law, the standard of most gold, silver and platinum articles must be tested (known as assaying) at the Assay Office of the Company of Goldsmiths at Dublin Castle.Having established the legal standard of purity, the articles are stamped with a series of marks, known as Hallmarks.Talent and assiduity soon made Ascorti one of Scotti's most notable pipe makers -- a man he counted on for the future.Hallmarking is not a legal requirement in many countries, but it is in Ireland. The following list comprises the better grades in descending order: Pedigree, Pedigree I, Pedigree II, Straight Grain, Prodigy, Bronze Velvet, Virgin, Varichrome, Prestige, Jubilee, New Era, Prehistoric, International, Speciale Standard, Ebony, Tapestry, New Standard, Granitan, Sauvage, Sierra, Penthouse, Legacy, Concorde. My old GBD Virgin was London Made, so I assumed the GB stood for Great Britain something or another. The following list comprises the better grades in descending order: Pedigree, Pedigree I, Pedigree II, Straight Grain, Prodigy, Bronze Velvet, Virgin, Varichrome, Prestige, Jubilee, New Era, Prehistoric, International, Speciale Standard, Ebony, Tapestry, New Standard, Granitan, Sauvage, Sierra, Penthouse, Legacy, Concorde. It needs cleaned up but looks to have been well loved. I can't find any others shaped this way, although I did find some Rockroot and Collector marked pipes but can't narrow it down to even a decade. He also gave me a "the pipe" he thought it was stone, but my research shows differently.It needs a new stem and some of the paint has chipped off. This may help if you have not seen it already: pipedia probably has some info.
I was so for about two years, amassing around 16-17 Caminettos, stretching from the "Business Series" to the "Prestige Series." After finally finding a birth year pipe from the Caminetto line, not an easy task mind you, my love affair with the illusive Caminetto came to an end.I have a pipe that I hope you may be able to help shed some light on. I have one that I bought new back in the late 1970s or early 1980s (I forget). It's an Estate pipe that Ive had for awhile now but just recently got curious about it. On the right side is "MADE IN FRANCE" and the shape number 135. It has Made In France imprinted under the shank and 5th Avenue on the top. The one glee and simplicity that came from such love dissipated and my tastes expanded beyond what Caminetto could provide.My pipe collection dwindled from 50-60 pipes to 8 and counting.
Once GBD and Comoy's became one,the linear "Made in England" stamp became the round "Made in London England" stamp used on all later Comoys. All the way through the 1960'sand early 1970's, some pipes were ftted with moulded stems, while otherswere hand-cut.