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After the war, GBD continued production both in London and in Paris.
They were in charge of the company for more than 50 years.
The winner of the day was the Billiard (36 shapes now), along with 36 Bents and 32 Dublins / Zulus. Being the most important customer in the English speaking world, Oppenheimer & Co. It was opened in 1903, but the forecasts had been over-optimistic for it's capacity could not be utilized to the full until World War I.
were designated as sole distributor for Great Britain, the USA and Canada in 1897. Things changed as the French pipe factories lacked more and more workers who were called to the front.
More differentiated customer’s wishes made the introduction of additional markings necessary.
GBD Xtra and GBD Special were very early models who’s names indicated special final treatments and / or fitments. At the end of the 19th century GBD offered 1,500 models(! (Please note however, that the same shape offered with three different materials for the stems was counted thrice! Charles Oppenheimer had founded this successful trade business in 1860 as an import-/export house. Merging them a huge plant came into being that was thoroughly reconstructed and reorganized. This new Saint-Claude factory was ready to operate in 1906.
A distinguishing mark of the GBDs were the slim shanks.