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).Consequently, much confusion has arisen over the dating code because it has not been standardized over the years, and seemingly minor differences in the code can mean a difference of years, even decades, in the manufacture of the pipe.Published in Pipe Smoker, Winter 1984 A part of the guide was re-published in the Spring 2005 issue of Pipes and Tobaccos Please note: Scanning the text from the original article has presented problems, some of which I have not been able to solve.
As well being a retail outlet for Dunhill goods, these 'Homes' offer a range of services including a bespoke tailoring service, barber’s shop, fine wine cellars, bar or restaurant, screening room, and spa.
Dunhill's current product range includes men's luxury leather goods, writing implements, lighters, timepieces, fragrances and clothing. In fitted box for Alfred Dunhill, London A Dunhill pipe lighter and a sterling silver vesta case, circa 1930 England, an engine turned lift arm petrol pipe lighter, patent number 390107; and, 1904 Chester, with maker's marks for John Millward Banks, a plain hinged top vesta case monogrammed C.
Over the years Camel has introduced MANY promotional cigarette lighters.
For the most part, the Camel/Zippo lighters won't be covered because they will have the Zippo dating system in use and dates can easily be determined through that.
Alfred Dunhill Ltd was founded in London in 1893 as a motoring accessories business.
In the 1900s, the company expanded into luxury tobacco goods.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.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.With a subtle guilloched zig-zag pattern and crisply snapping cap, this lighter has the appropriate timeless design and vintage appeal.