Michael Lindnerが10年ほど使われた後、同氏が運営するThe Pipe Rackで2本セットで売られていたモノを自分の2012年の誕生日プレゼントとして購入しました。
Samuel Weingott and Sons got their start on Fleet Street in London around 1859. During its heyday - from the 1880s through the 1930s - the brand was well respected throughout England and the kingdom, certainly on par with the best pipes being produced from Comoy, Loewe, Dunhill and the like. Like their contemporaries, Barling, the Weingott family had a reputation for being excellent silversmiths in addition to top-flight pipe makers. In fact, in doing some research for the brand, part of the information I got was that Samuel did silversmithing FOR the Barlings at some point, although I do not know if that is where he learned his craft or if he was essentially a subcontractor for Barling, doing on-the-side silversmithing when there was an overflow of orders at Barling. In any case, what is known is that the Weingott brand was well known and well respected until approximately the early 1930s, when the death of the founder meant the repeated changing of hands and lowered quality, with the ultimate executioner being that efficient pipe company death machine, Cadogen Investments, who finally pulled the plug on the brand in the 1990s.
As with brands like Barling, the Weingotts made pipes they sold through both their own retail establishment and under their own name, as well as top-quality pipes that were produced for various tobacconists who did not possess their own pipe manufacturing department. These pipes were often of higher quality than 'standard' production pipes, with silverwork, very strong graining and cases. Which brings us to this matched set of TB Andersons.
TB Anderson was a tobacconist in Glasgow, Scotland that opened up in the 1890s at 27 Renfield Street. Although I know they were there at least to World War II, I can find no further record of them and I assume that either Axis bombing or wartime shortages caused them to close down before the end of the war. This matched set both has the maker's mark of Samuel Weingott and Sons and the shop name of TB Anderson, and are hallmarked to 1922. When I got them in a collection over 10 years ago, they were in a box by themselves with a note that read "matched set, missing case. purchased 1939." I do not know if the owner of the collection was the original owner or if he got the pipes second-hand, but based on what else was in the collection, he was in the United Kingdom before and during the war and I would assume he purchased them unsmoked from the shop (it was not unusual at all for shops to have large inventories of pipes that may date back 20 years or more). When I got them they were lightly smoked and obviously well treasured; it's a pity that the case they originally came in went missing. The two pipes themselves are little jewels: Both feature superb silverwork (for example, the inside of the bulldog spigot where the stem fits is lined with silver as well), lovely clean wood (outside a few sandpits) and are in exceptional condition. The billiard features a classic crosscut while the bulldog has a front-to-back flamegrain radial cut; both are a reddish-orange in finish, similar to a well-smoked Dunhill Root or a modern Amber Root.