The Company quickly thrived and did so until the untimely death of Adolph Frankau in 1856. Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), author of “Hero and worship of the heroes” came on the scene at this point.He recommended that the widow Frankau not sell, but rather that she should entrust the future of the company into the hands of young Louis Blumfeld, then 18 years old.I have been doing some research into BBB pipes for sometime now because of my own interest in the brand and I found an online article in French.(The original article was produced with the assistance of Fiona Adler.En 1847, Adolph Frankau arrive à Londres et comprend rapidement les opportunités que présente le marché du tabac, en pleine expansion.Il fonde la société “Adolph Frankau & Co” et devient importateur de pipes en écume et de fournitures en rapport avec le tabac.Carlyle had to have had a very high opinion of the young Louis to make this recommendation, and his trust proved to be justified as Blumfield took care of the company with enthusiasm and bottomless energy.Louis quickly realized, as others had before him, the potential of the newly acknowledged pipes made of briar.
Still, there is an uncanny similarity in the look and feel between a Parker and a Dunhill, and this is especially true of the pre-1950s patent pieces.
BBB: " Best British Briar" is now a brand of the Cadogan Company (Oppenheimer group).
American rights to use the brand name were sold to Wally Frank in 1980. The oldest pipe brand name in the UK has been registered in 1876 (Blumfeld Best Briar) Grading (ascendant): Own Make, Bold Grain, Best Make, Rare Grain Sir Morell Mackenzie (1837-1892) was a British physician, one of the pioneers of laryngology in the United Kingdom.
Ce dernier conseille à Madame Frankau de ne pas vendre, mais de confier l'avenir de la compagnie aux mains du jeune Louis Blumfeld, alors agé de 18 ans.
Carlyle devait avoir une très haute opinion du jeune Louis, et cette confiance fut justifiée par sa prise en charge de l'affaire, son enthousiasme et son énergie inépuisable.