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1892 GBD "Général Dodds" Bulldog [Pic Heavy]

Piffyr

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#1
I don’t often post client work. I prefer to let them do that sort of thing themselves if they wish, but this pipe is sort of a milestone for me. To date, this is the oldest briar pipe that I have worked with (though I’ve worked with a couple of meerschaums that pre-date it).









The "Général Dodds" stamping almost surely refers to the renowned (and somewhat controversial), Général Alfred-Amédée Dodds, who was commander of French forces in Senegal from 1890 to 1892 among many other high-ranking and distinguished roles in the French military during the late 19th and very early 20th century.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred-Amédée_Dodds

What connection the pipe has with the man I can only guess, but given that the pipe was made at the height of Dodds’ distinction I think it’s unlikely that it’s only a commemorative piece.

It’s pretty damn cool in any case.
 

Piffyr

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#9
Thank you all for the kind words.

Wow! What condition was the pipe in when you received it? It looks brand new. Thanks for sharing!
I can't take a lot of credit for the final appearance of the pipe because it was in excellent condition to start with. I assume that it was case-kept for most of its life, but there were evident signs of some previous and slightly heavy-handed restoration work (possibly the seller). So, I just gave it a bit of finesse. I didn't include the "before" photos because I intended this post to highlight the pipe itself rather than the work that was done.