Dunhill Dumb Luck

Discussion in 'The Connoisseur' started by GWD, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. GWD

    GWD One Too Many

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    I was visiting the local tobacco shop to pick up a pipe/tobacco pouch for my golf bag when I spied a nice looking Dunhill pipe in the estate section.

    I asked to have a look at it and it appeared not to have been smoked too much and had a very nice grain to it. They were asking $200.00 for it but after some light negotiation we agreed on $175.00, so basically I got the pouch for free!

    The guy at the counter was looking it over pretty closely and based on the nomenclature he determined the pipe was made in 1975. Not knowing anything about Dunhill or Pipes for that matter said great and went on my way.

    I got it home and went online to see if I could find some similar pipes to see if I paid a decent price, when I discovered something that raised a red flag. My pipe has an aluminum insert in the shank which I was to learn is called the "Vernon Tenon" the Vernon Tenon or "Vernon Fitment" was invented by Vernon Dunhill, Alfred's Brother to facilitate removal of the bit while the pipe was still warm. This little gadget wasn't very popular and was discontinued in 1940! :eek:

    This piqued my interest so posted questions and pictures on a Pipe Smoking Forum and everyone still came up with the 1975 date, until I emailed a gentleman named David Neeb, he is a pipe maker and also sells estate pipes on his website. David has a very similar pipe for sale on his site that dates to 1932 so I sent photos to him and he confirmed, based on the "Vernon Tenon" and the configuration of the name "Dunhill" with "London" underneath it and the size of the number 15 next to "ENGLAND" that my pipe was made in 1935! This raises the value of my pipe a bit so I'm very happy with the purchase!

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  2. anon`

    anon` One Too Many

    Very nice find! $200 for any Dunhill is a good price, and so much the better when it's under circumstances like that.
     
  3. PoohBang

    PoohBang Suspended

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    that's a nice looking pipe.

    What is the stem made of?

    I was lucky enough to buy a Dunhill 6 pipe holder with a built in middle box to hold tobacco and what not with a built in humidifier for $5.00 at a tag sale!
     
  4. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

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    I got a bunch of Dunhill pipes from my uncle when he quit smoking in the 80's. They were put to good use but not with his brand of smoke.........

    .:rolleyes:
     
  5. GWD

    GWD One Too Many

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    The stem is called Cumberland, it's a hard rubber.
     
  6. rikrdo

    rikrdo A-List Customer

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    Nice job ! :eusa_clap


    It seems you have been bitten by the briar bug.
    If you'd like some samples of different baccy, drop me a note and I'll send some out for you to try.
    I need a "good" reason to buy some more lol ................apparently :eusa_doh:
     

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