Dunhill shell dating
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. 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. (Pipedia Sysop note: Other sources indicate the Redbark was introduced in 1972 See example). Unfortunately, John passed away several years ago, and his website has recently disappeared.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. Fortunately, the following article was saved by Doug Valitchka, who has made it available here on Pipedia.
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. It is a Shell with the following nomenclature: LB, Dunhill Shell, Made in England, Patent No.