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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. Over the ensuing years great interest has arisen over the "mystique" of the Dunhill pipe in general and the dating code in particular.
Pipe collectors, especially in America, pride themselves on having acquired Dunhill pipes in prime condition which were made in the(the year of Alfred Dunhill's retirement).
Adding to this is the fact that the firm has used a great many special stampings depending on what part of the world to which their pipes were destined, and that sometimes these stampings or codes were used for only three or four months duration.
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.
And even if this list was made available it would be of little use to any but the most expert because it can only be used in conjunction with the most precise knowledge of the Dunhill pipe as it has changed in appearance over the years. In 1950 a special series of "ODA" pipes was begun and continued through 1975.
But enough of the complications in dating Dunhill pipes. These were not carved to order.1926-34 As above but with annual change of suffix number 6(1926) 7(1927) 8(1928) 9(1929) 0(1930) 11(1931) 12(1932) 13(1933) 14(1934)NOTE: For the years 1925-34 other patent numbers were sometimes used in place of 116989/17.
What follows is a "general guide" as to dating; with it the reader should be able to date the majority of Dunhill pipes with which he/she comes into contact.. Denotes a pipe designed by the customer and carved to order. Some examples are: 5861/12 (English); 1343253/20 (U.
S.)During this period the group number and finish code were dropped and the old shape numbers were dropped in favor of a new system. - used only for Vernon Dunhill fitment pipe).1976-77 During this period the group number and finish code were dropped and the old shape numbers were dropped in favor of a new system.Shape numbers during this period had either 3, 4, or 5 digits. Shape numbers during this period had either 3, 4, or 5 digits.MADE INENGLAND 16 17 according to the year NOTE: For the years 1925-34 other patent numbers were sometimes used in place of 119708/17 & 116989/17. DUNHILL SHELLMADE IN ENGLAND 16 171978-82 In 1978 shape numbers all became five digit.Some examples are: 5861/12 (English); 1341418/20 (U. Also the double digit suffix number (sometimes underlined) again became smaller than the D in ENGLAND. Commencing business in 1893 as an auto supply house, Dunhill began producing its own oil cured briar smoking pipes in 1910.In the following decade and a half almost all the elements of the now classic Dunhill pipe line came into place, for instance the two principal finishes - a mahogany "Bruyere" and a black sandblast "Shell" - the metal inner tube fitting and sandblast patents, most all the classic shapes, the white dotted bit, the one year guarantee, and the associated date code stampings.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating