That Rhodesian shape (in GBD or the 999 Peterson), is a favorite and I was tickled to receive this one.It was also fun digging out the history behind them.it took some research and cleanup to reveal the weak nomenclature. This stem has some cracks and I might get Walker to make me a new stem.Both are Colossus models, a 9677 "Bicentennial Seventy Six" Rhodesian and the other a shape 17 Oom Paul. But for now, the patina of the stem seems to fit the bowl and it smokes fine.
I have picked up several, all under , and some way under.Ganneval probably came from the area of Saint-Claude where he had learned making wooden pipes.Bondier's family obviously came from Paris and had emigrated in 1789 to Geneva.I'm been looking, unsuccessfully (well, outbid) for a 9438/9242 and this one fits that bill/shape desire perfectly. They came with some of the nicest thin, wide fishtail bits ( most of mine are SBs) and I LOVE 'em!My "newest" is a new /old one I found in a box and it has become my " Virginia " pipe and I can HIGHLY recomend any of the older ones ( with the metal, brass if possible, rondeles imbedid in the bit.They were in charge of the company for more than 50 years.