Dunhill shell dating
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. Bruyere -introduced in 1910; signified by an "A" (meaning' best quality) on the side of the shank through 1975. "dead root" - Denotes Dunhill straight grain pipes. S.) 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. It had been widely report that The Redbark is introduced in 1973, but we have examples that date to 1972 as seen bellow.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. But enough of the complications in dating Dunhill pipes. Root - introduced in 1930; signified by an "R" stamped on the shank through 1975. I was told by the seller, whom I trust, and is a friend, that it might be from 1941-42.I checked John Loring's book and he states that in the absence of a circled group stamp, which began in 1951 it more than likely was made between 1942-1951.Look for a serial number on the bottom of your Rollagas lighter.
Is there any way to date this pipe with any certainty?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. 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). In 1950 a special series of "ODA" pipes was begun and continued through 1975. Collector - Denotes hand-turned bowls (as opposed to machine-turned) made from plateau briar. 1925: NOTE: For the years 1925 through 1941 the suffix number (denoting the year of manufacture) is sometimes after the patent number and sometimes after the word ENGLAND.