Comoy dating pipe
In the interim my 499 E/O has arrived with "Made in England" nomenclature so I really appreciate the info on the dating.
The 3-part-C was used during the time the Comoy family owned the company, through about 1976, I believe.Comoy's did make both sand blasted pipes and rusticated ones. The Extraordinaire designation was given to any pipe that was out of the ordinary in size or grain and could carry the same shape number as a pipe that was not designated E/O.I would be most interested to see a photograph or two of the pipe if you could send them to me at I will then be happy to send you a copy of my history of Comoy's and guide to dating. I have eleven of the 800 series and my 804 is the largest of them at 9 1/2 inch long. Having said that, my 1965 cataloque lists the 499 as one of the E/O shapes but it does not list the 256 as such, but this does not mean that the 256 was never made as an E/O.There is much more to be added to this page, with more pipes and some additional information about dating and provenance of various models...Derek Green has done an amazing job of picking up the torch and running with it, as far as dating and other historical aspects of the Comoy pipe is concerned.Generally these Extraordinaires are Dunhill ODA size or larger and were made from the 1930's to the 1950's.
If a Comoy is stamped "Made in England" in a circle then it probably dates from before World War 2, whereas if it is stamped "Made in London" in a circle over England it is from the post war period.
François Comoy in Saint Claude, France originally founded the company in the early 1820's, as a manufacturer of clay pipes.
In 1848, either François or his son, Louis, made the first Bruyére pipe from the root burl of the indigenous White Heath, Erica arborea, known today as briar.
His website is an excellent resource, and anyone interested in Comoy pipes would be well advised to have a look. The foreground pipe is a Comoy's Virgin Briar, shape #386, sporting a nicely cut hexagonal bowl. The upper pipe is an old Extraordinaire, shape #499, while the foreground pipe is a 60s era Tradition in shape #440.
In the background can be seen a magnum sized Comoy Sandblast Extraordinaire, shape #804 - truly a remarkable pipe.
The Extraordinaires above are nowhere near as large as the 800 series of E/O's which are true Magnums.