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Frederick Charatan created the brand in 1863 and opened a shop in Mansell Street London and later moved to Prescott Street. It was always a small family business with only a small annual production until the 1950's when Herman Lane assumed distribution of the make in the USA in 1955 and it became hugely popular. In the 1980's Lane sold the company to Dunhill and the Prescott Street factory closed in 1982 and thereafter the fame and quality of the make declined. The pre-Lane period prior to 1950 and the Lane era pipes are of primary interest the collector.
Charatan "Smokers" From the top counter-clockwise 1. Freehand Relief 4 with Lane stamp. 2. Selected F.H. Lane stamp. 3. Supreme "S" F.H. Lane stamp. 4. Rarity Extra Large, Made by Hand. Lane stamp. 5. Special.30120 DC.Reg.No.203573 6. Special. 317 DC 7. Special. 61 8. Nomenclature worn. Bought in London in the 1960,s and travelled everywhere with me in my motorcycle leathers! 9. Freehand Relief. 10.56 Lane stamp