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Dunhill, classic quality from London, England (three pipes)
Updated October 22. 1999
Dunhill's white dot
- I managed to get this straight Dunhill "Shell" billiard type sandblasted pipe from the
- eBay auction site.
- A sandblasted straight billiard/brandyglass.
- Typical, classic Dunhill look, a simple looking
- pipe decorated by two narrow metal rings
- Dunhill is high valued name among pipesters, for some of us perhaps even too high,
- and this is seen in their prices. I made the highest bid and payed "only" USD 132,50,
- which is not much of almost new, hardly smoken in Group 5 "Shell".
- The following stamps are at the bottom of shank:5101 F DUNHILL SHELL
- MADE IN ENGLAND25. "25" is as superscript, which I unluckily am not able
- to produce using the "HTML".
- The stamps can be interpreted as follows: The first digit "5" means size, which in this
- case for a Dunhill is rather big, the second "1" means tapered stem, and the last "01"
- classic billiard shape.
- The underlined superscript "25" means year 1985. For some reason year 1960 is
- coded as "0", 1970 as "10", 1999 "39", and so on.
- A view from the right. Note the "white dot"
- on the stem
- I have filled the non-caked tobacco chamber only a couple of times
- and can say that this pipe is not going to ruin the fame of Dunhill!
- "Hamborger Veermaster" burned without gurgles easily to white, dry
- ashes. This pipe can use the 6 mm balsa sticks, which are not at all
- necessary. Especially during the breaking in period I have found the
- balsa stick good as it sucks efficiently the condence that inevitably
- emerges in a non-caked pipe.
- Dunhill is said to oil cure its pipes, which should leave a certain,
- characteristic taste, perhaps peanut oil, but I could not identify it.
- On the contrary, in L.Woods i might sense this special treatment.
October 15, 1999
- Group 5 "shell" has been in the rotation almost a month, i.e. I have
- smoked it half filled perhaps four times. I am happy with this pipe.
- Especially so because the former owner has not puffed any cherry
- aromatics in it. The pipe seems still worth of the bucks. As soon as
- some cake emerges this will become an excellent pipe for the VA and
- VA - Perique blends like "Escudo".
A new Dunhill, Gr. 3 "root" Canadian", Oct. 15. 1999
An old "Canadian" Dunhill gr. 3 "Root"
- Postman brought today my second Dunhill from eBay. This is an old pipe!
- I believe it must be latest from the beginning of the seventies, perhaps
- evev earlier. The seller wrote the following lines about the pipe:
- "Dunhill Pipe, 5 3/8" long. Bowl is 1 1/8" diameter and 1 1/2" tall (outside).
- It has the following markings, Dunhill, Root Briar, 335, 3 inside a circle with
- the letter R, Made in England. Some of the marks are alittle faint. Slightly
- used with minor bite marks and slight wear on the top of the bowl."
- "Root" is above "shell" and "tanshell" in the hierarchy of Dunhill as a smooth
- briar. I think it is primarily a matter of taste if one prefers more the smooth
- over the sandblasted pipes ot vice versa. Smooth pipes are normally more expensive
- than sandblasted because a pipe artisan can hide the possible faults using the
- sandblasting process. In any case, I payed for this pipe about the same as for the
- shell above.
- The Canadian was rather well cleaned from the outside, but a cleaner moistened in
- the cleaning liquid from Dan Pipe became completely black out from the long shank
- of this Canadian. I had to renew the process twice! Wow, what a filthy pipe! I
- simply cannot understand people, who buy a Dunhill and won't take care of it at all!
- In any case, the puffs from "Night Train" (C&D) were great, and not even the slightest
- gurgling happened! This is promising!
My third Dunhill, Gr.5 "tanshell" billiard, Oct. 22. 1999
- I found out a week ago (Oct.15.1999) that I was the highest bidder of a tanshell
- saddle stemmed billiard shaped pipe from the seventies.
- I payed slightly more for this than for the two pipes above. Well, this morning I found
- it carefully packed from my postbox. It is well refurbished, I have seldon met such a
- glossy vulcanite stem even in pipes decades younger than this Dunhill.
- Dunhill "tanshell" from the seventies
- An old pipe, but bowl in a good condition
- According to the code on the shank this pipe is made in 1976, because after the word
- "ENGLAND" there is stamped number "16", this time not in superscript, but as high as
- the preceding word. According to Hacker's "The Ultimate Pipe Book" s well as Loring's
- Dunhill monography the first digit (1) means 1970 and "6" makes the year as 1976.
- The only faults in this pipe are slight bite marks in the well furbished bit and the
- narrow "daylight" in the shank/stem joint, which might have emerged when the stem
- was renovated. I do not believe this deficiency could have passed the quality control.
- I have filled its tobacco chamber only once and I was happy to notice the pipe is
- an excellent puffer, it does not become at least hot and has no residues of some
- strong aromatic blend so often found in estate pipes bought from the U.S. of A.
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Updated October 22. 1999