John Redman Leaflet

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I found this John Redman leaflet saved on my iPad from from 2012-13. I think I found it in a box of papers that came with some estate pipes that Jeff and I purchased. I am not sure where it truly came from but I thought it was worth preserving here. Give it a read and enjoy! Thanks

3 thoughts on “John Redman Leaflet

  1. Michael Nilsen

    Did you say “JOHN REDMAN Catalogue”!

    With great historical and catalog PDF perspectives and answers regarding all things J.R. PIPES.
    Please check out the crossover selling site called ….mmmm, let me see, ahhh, EBAY!
    Hope you enjoy this bit of R&D and many thanks for your continued and Exhaustive Education, Training and Restorative blog and sales site!
    Michael Nilsen
    About the project
    It’s of course not a tobacconist shop.
    And not a “buy & resell” business.
    And not a repair service. Though an old good customer always deserve a help if something happens to any of his pipes.
    The basic principle: we work with pipes which are subjectively interesting. Which exactly pipes in terms of manufacturers, artisans and periods – you may see in our “Pipeline”: there is a wide range from nonpareil Lane Charatan’s and Preben Holm freehands till comfortable and inexpensive American devices from the past century.

    The main idea: every pipe is considered as a “functional piece of art” (Elliot Nachwalter). And every pipe deserves to return its former glory. Frequently it becomes a subject of a separate historical investigation. And for sure it has right to begin its new life in a new cozy home.

    Indeed, many Redman’s brands bear such toponomical signs: the “Golden Square” series comes from the Golden Square located between the Lower John and Upper John streets, “Dr. John” is the most probably related to the abovementioned John streets. There are also Canberra road and Canberra House in London (which might inspire stamping of the famous Canberra pipes) as well as Canterbury House (Canterbury series). Burlington pipes named after the Burlington Arcade (see also H. Simmons). The majority of them are located quite close to the John Redman’s main office. No wide explanations are needed for the series Westminster and Kensington. And of course, some British imperial charm was added with names Aristocrat, Redman’s Royal, King’s Ransom.

    John Redman (as it happened later to Eric Nording) was both a carver and an owner of a business of the same name. The first pipes were born in 1934, but personal efforts appeared soon to be insufficient, what inevitably led to emerging of the name John Redman LTD. Unfortunately, we don’t have artifacts, which could be unambiguously carried to the “pre-war” period. In the WWII years the company could hardly got to the list of lucky manufacturers, who received scarce briar from the state.

    But by the end of 1950s John Redman’s firm offered a well balanced portfolio – from popular and practical “Captain Fortune”, “Dr John”, “Golden Square” to top graded Redman’s Royal made of best briar and almost without any stains (comparable to GBD Virgin, but the “Royals” were usually much larger and carved in their own unique style). And of course, we shouldn’t forget about qualitative and still affordable Redonians, Aristocrats and Canberras – a very strong middle (and upper middle) segment. More details, list of offered brands as well as presentation and gift sets can be seen in the catalogue.

    It is known that in late sixties and later a part of the production was ordered from subcontractors, for example Blakemar Briars, and since 1992 trademarks of John Redman were taken over by Gerald Grudgings of Loughborough; this company wasn’t a top manufacturer, but many sources attribute the invention of the lovat shape to it.

    As the conclusion we are proud to express our sincere and warmest thanks to Robert Deering, who worked for John Redman in 1960s and gave us a number of very important directions.

    ​Below you may enjoy the catalogue of the John Redman Ltd products approximately from the 1960s. A very rare finding!


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