Today has been a day of adding new shapes and finishes to the website, most notably the Sir Douglas - a pipe shape that was originally made for legendary WWII flying ace Sir Douglas Bader.
Sir Douglas flew as a fighter pilot for the RAF during the Second World War throughout the Battle for France & Battle for Britain campaigns. He was credited with shooting down over 22 German fighters and even endured being captured and held as a POW for some time. Sir Douglas lost both his legs during an aerobatic accident in 1931, making his accomplishments and notoriety even more impressive.
Sir Douglas was a loyal customer of Blakemar Briars for over a decade. His favoured shape was a small billiard with a short saddle stem. This same pipe that Sir Douglas liked to purchase & smoke is now being added to the Litchbruyere & De Luxe range.
A great looking pipe with some interesting British history to it's name, this pipe is sure to be a good conversation piece, appealing to collectors and discerning pipe smokers all over. Click Here to view the Sir Douglas pipe.
Below is letter we managed to find sent to R Martin from Sir Douglas in 1974 regarding his latest order.
"Dear Mr Martin,
Many thanks for your excellent pipes which are just what I want.
Sorry for this delayed reply, but I was away in Scotland when your parcel arrived and I returned only yesterday.