Dunhill shell dating
Alfred Dunhill began to manufacture briar smoking pipes in 1910; the famous white spot first appeared on top of the hand-cut vulcanite mouthpiece in 1915 in order that the customer should know which part faced upwards. Some examples are: 5861/12 (English); 1341418/20 (U. 1978-82: In 1978 shape numbers all became five digit.At about this same time a one year guarantee against defects was offered on the bowl of each pipe, and to insure against far older Dunhill pipes being replaced under this guarantee a simple dating code, showing the year of manufacture, was devised and stamped onto each pipe bowl. Over the ensuing years great interest has arisen over the "mystique" of the Dunhill pipe in general and the dating code in particular. "hand, worked" - A hand-carved (as opposed to machine-carved) pipe of classic design. Also the double digit suffix number (sometimes underlined) again became smaller than the D in ENGLAND. The guide above is very helpful, but there are discrepancies in both the literature regarding the nomenclature, and anomalies in the nomenclature itself.Ask customer service for an address to which you can send your lighter for examination if it's one of the older models with an internal serial number.Tad Cronn is a professional journalist living in Los Angeles.
Some collectors strive to acquire only those Dunhill pipes made between 1920 (when Dunhill stopped buying bowls turned in France in favor of those turned in London at the newly opened Dunhill bowl-turning facility) and 1928 (the year of Alfred Dunhill's retirement). Loring called, "The Dunhill Briar Pipe - 'the patent years and after'.Contact Dunhill customer service via email ([email protected]), attaching the digital photographs of your lighter and its serial number.A representative will investigate the manufacture date of your lighter and get back to you.Leading to even greater confusion is that many pipes were simply stamped incorrectly; at times one part or another of the code is not to be found on a given pipe. Taking all this into account it should not be surprising that the original and complete dating code list, in possession of the firm's archivist at 30 Duke Street, is some twenty eight pages long.
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