"To smoke a pipe is not to be considered as a vice, it is art and a way of life!"
Hardcastle, a pipe with roots
- This nice little pipe I got from the eBay's pipe
- department at a modest $ 27,50 plus shipping.
- According to John Loring's excellent Dunhill monograph, Hardcastle was an
- independent brand begun in 1908, and was bought by Dunhill's in 1946. In
- 1967, Hardcastle was merged with Parker, to become Parker-Hardcastle, Ltd.
- Loring suspects that after 1967, Dunhill and Parker "seconds" were marketed
- with the Hardcastle brand. So, was this pipe made between 1908 and 1967, or
- was it made post 1967? Loring states that, in the absence of sales receipts,
- or other items of provenance, Hardcastles cannot be accurately dated.
- I'd suspect this pipe is made after 1967, but this doesn't weaken a bit its
- smoking characteristics, which are very good!
- A smooth Hardcastle's "Straight Grain". This pipe is
- easy to classify as an Rhodesian looking at its
- bowl and "diamond"-shank
- "Straight Grain" from right. The Rhodesian shape is
- perhaps better shown in this photo than in the preceding
- The only defect in this pipe is that the smoke hole is too
- too high from the bottom of tobacco chamber. It passes the
- cleaner test without trouble, but the bottom cake is im-
- possible to create. This does not mean a catastrophy, as
- the puffs seem extraordinary mellow!
- I would say that this pipe was an extraordinary good buy!
Dunhill, London, England
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Created October, 5. 1999