Dunhill pipe dating guide
This was the first Dunhill business of any consequence.
Frederick Dunhill inherited it, passing it on to Henry Dunhill.
1916: Shop address becomes 30 Duke Street; factory and offices purchased in Notting Hill Gate, London (the pipe-making operations are transferred there); Alfred Henry Dunhill won MC during the Battle of the Somme. 1934: Registered office moved from 137 Notting Hill Gate to 30 Duke Street, St. 1963: Dunhill Toiletries Ltd formed; Royal Warrant received from Queen Elizabeth.
1917: Shell Briar pipe patented; Alfred Dunhill created his sandblasted pipe, and first introduced the "Shell" Finish. 1965: Interest in company acquired by Carreras Ltd; silk ties introduced.
Unsatisfied with the quality of these, he also bought pipes from Charatan (1909/10) reportedly at exorbitant prices, to ensure he had some of the very best pipes for sale in England.
1910: First known Dunhill catalogue produced; Alfred Dunhill enticed Joel Sasieni away from Charatan and opened a small pipe workshop of his own at 28 Duke St.
The famous white spot was introduced so customers would know which way to insert the handmade vulcanite mouthpieces on straight pipes (the spots face up). 1913: Vernon Dunhill (father of Richard Dunhill) joined the business. 1936: Large shareholding in Hardcastle Pipes Ltd purchased after a ten-year relationship; the factory was in Walthamstow. 1944: Alfred Dunhill Limited purchased Mary Dunhill limited; the business of Wise & Greenwood purchased. Dunhill died, Mary Dunhill succeeded him as managing director. Bill Taylor starts working for Dunhill as a boy 1960: Shop opened in Philadelphia.
In the preface to the second reprint of Dunhill's About Smoke, An Encyclopedia of Smoking", publisher Gary Schrier states the following: What Alfred Dunhill--son of a leather-harness and canvas-tarpaulin maker--created in 1907 when he opened his first tobacconist shop in Duke Street, London, was something extraordinary: he set a new standard for smoker's products of the finest quality, and he forged a new hallmark for exemplary customer service.
In the fashioning of every article the highest possible standard of design and workmanship has been maintained.
As with most any famous persons, articles, or firms, a good deal of lore and myth combine with no little speculation and make it difficult to separate facts from myth.
Smoking is undoubtedly a pleasure of the senses, primarily of taste and smell, but secondarily of sight and touch.
For the highest enjoyment therefore, it is essential to use objects which delight the senses.
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