Dunhill Shell Briar 251 (3)S (1964)
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This pipe has beautiful lines — a long, slender bowl shaped like a Tulip flower, plateaux rim and shank end and lovely vertical flame…. I was contacted by a pipe friend a little while ago to see if I would be interested in sprucing up an estate pipe he had recently won on eBay. Of course I said yes!
Starting in the early s, Dunhill pipes, with their distinctive “White Spot” logo, provided stamped coding that allows accurate dating of the individual pipe. I’ve only seen one other in this shape, a Gr. 3 Shell, that I could not pry from its.
Originally published in Pipe Smoker, Winter , with a part of the guide re-published in the Spring issue of Pipes and Tobaccos. Republished here by permission of the author . Please note: Scanning the text from the original article has presented problems, some of which I have not been able to solve. Much of the spacing in this presentation is not as intended. Alfred Dunhill began to manufacture briar smoking pipes in ; the famous white spot first appeared on top of the hand-cut vulcanite mouthpiece in in order that the customer should know which part faced upwards.
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.
DUNHILL Root Briar 83 (1968)
I just picked up a Dunhill estate. It’s an Oom Paul Tanshell. Anybody have any idea what year this pipe might have been made?
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Display all pictures. Briar pipe handmade by Dunhill. Classic design, perfect architecture. Over years of tradition and quality in your hands. Availability date:. This product is not sold individually.
The only other example of this one that I could turn up in our archives was a Vernon Tenon Shell Briar dating back to , which made its way into our hands only.
While out hunting, the Prince of Wales had lost some pipes and wanted to know if anyone had found them. What was their distinguishing feature? A white spot inserted on the upper side of the dark stem. The announcement, which was placed in London newspapers in , did not specify the name of the pipe manufacturer, but this was in fact not necessary as most people were already familiar with the trademark.
Now the pipe had an eminent, new testimonial. Alfred Dunhill first had the idea of inserting a white spot on pipe stems in for practical reasons. Although Dunhill was brilliant at marketing his products, he certainly did not think of this as a possible trademark. Indeed, in he had to go to court to defend his original creation.
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Further research lead me to an article on Pipedia entitled Dating of. The article definitively links the Chippendale pipes to Charatan. I quote.
I just picked up a Dunhill estate. It’s an Oom Paul Tanshell. The markings are as follows: Dunhill Made in. Tanshell England 1 4T [4 is inside the circle].
The next pipe on the table came to us from a group of pipes that Jeff and I purchased from a pipeman in late It is a Dunhill Shell Briar Billiard that is in decent condition. The stem is a replacement and I need to find an original stem for it but it works. It is stamped on a smooth panel on the underside of the shank.
That is followed by 4 in a circle followed by S for shell. The Dunhill Shell Briar is the finish which is corroborated the S at the end of the stamping. The 8 following the D of England gives the date the pipe was made and identifies it as The stamping is clear and readable. The pipe has a mix of black, cordovan and brown stains on a sandblast finish and some amazing grain that the shape follows well.
The finish was dirty with dust around the nooks and crannies of the sandblast. There was a cake in the bowl and lava on the rim top. There was damage on the front outer edge of the rim from tapping against something hard. The replacement taper stem was oxidized and had tooth marks and chatter ahead of the button.
Spedizione gratuita. The stem is also in good condition with teeth scratch marks on both sides and I have been advised by a Dunhill Collector that the stem appears tp be a replacement. There is a silver band that appears to be a repair of two very minor small cracks on the outside of the ferrule and possibly one inside at the bottom and the band is covering the date. As with anything in this condition, it may have imperfections oxidation, scratches, bite-marks, excessive cake and ghost, discoloration, loss of its nomenclature, or other defects , from precisely its previous use and handling.
Please take all this in consideration, review the information provided especially the photos , and ask as many questions as needed prior to bidding.
Alfred Dunhill began to manufacture briar smoking pipes in ; the famous Dating of Shell, Tanshell, Redbark, and Cumberland finishes onwards.
The philosophy of the House Dunhill is that a product should not only be practical and useful, but also beautiful and strong. Alfred Dunhill founded his company in In the beginning he produced carriage- and coach garnitures, but when the horses were replaced by cars he directed on articles for car owners: luxurious gloves, coats, suitcases, spectacles and watches. In Alfred Dunhill designed his first pipe: a patented product with a windscreen, to make smoking possible for car drivers.
This design soon became popular. In the opening of a new tobacco shop in Duke Street St. James followed, where cigars, pipes and tobacco were sold. Not being satisfied with the offer of quality pipes, Dunhill asked the owner of the London Charatan factory to produce pipes for him, regardless the production price, just focusing on quality. The first Dunhill pipes were delivered in Although the price was twice as high as usual, the pipes quickly became popular.