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Wessex was originally a brand of pipes by Hall & Fitzgerald Co, then produced in France by Chacom. A wholesaler of pipes, "fancy goods," and tobacconists supplies, Hall & Fitzgerald's hallmark was first registered in England in 1899.

From Pipes, Artisans and Trademarks, by José Manuel Lopes

Wessex is likely linked to Wessex Tobacco Company, formed in London in the early 1980s by a group of pipe tobacco experts. Some models have been drawn up by the German architect and designer Peter Kliem, and produced in Saint-Claude factories, with acrylic and cumberland stems. Symbol: W or black spot on a silver background.