Quote Originally Posted by Piffyr View Post
In the states, there is (or at least was) some legal requirements regarding COM stamps. In 1936, Wally Frank was smacked down by the FTC for, among other things, misleading COM stamps that could lead buyers to believe a pipe was of British manufacturer when it actually wasn't...



Who knows how much those regulations have changed since then though? I suppose that's why Peterson and Dunhill simply dropped the "MADE IN" part.
In 1928, Barling attempted to have the Merchandise Marks Act of 1887, as amended in 1926, be amended such that pipe manufacturers would have to state the country of origin of the bowls, since all other British manufacturers imported a significant amount of bowls from France and Germany. Dunhill threatened that they would be forced to move their operations out of England. Sasieni stated that the bowls were an inconsequential part of the pipe. Comoy flat out stated that the skills needed to turn bowls didn't exist in England, nor could they be brought to the UK on a sustainable basis. The Standing Committee of the Board of Trade ruled that pipes of foreign origin should be marked as such, but that bowls of foreign origin did not need to be so marked.