Stanwell pipes were first manufactured by Poul Nielsen during the Second World War under the name of ‘Nielsen’. During war time the popular style of English pipe had become impossible to import and seeing the demand, Nielsen started to produce briar pipes to satiate the consumers. When the war ended and importation resumed Nielsen started to expand in an effort to compete with the well known English brands.
In 1948 he settled on the Stanwell brand name as it had an anglo air to it that would make it palatable for the British market. As an affirmation of his dedication he would officially change his surname to Stanwell.
It was also at this time that the iconic horse and carriage logo was created. Business was great and in the late 60’s Nielsen would employ the godfather of Danish pipemaking Sixten Ivarsson to design a multitude of shapes for Stanwell. The factory would also relocate to a newer facility on the outskirts of Copenhagen.
From the new Borup factory the Stanwell business was revolutionised. It was here that the first mass exportation of Danish pipes would occur. Germany and America became quick adopters of these new robust and highly stylised pipes.
In 2009 the pipe world would be shocked to hear that the legendary Stanwell factory in Borup would in fact close and relocate to Italy. Thankfully none of the quality has been lost and the company still cooperates with Danish pipemakers to design these pieces of functional art.