There are two variations of the arched "DUNHILL" stamping.From January 3, 1919 to May 20, 1919 the straight line "LONDON" stamping immediately below the arched "DUNHILL" is within the compass of the arch, while from May 21 to Years End it is equal to the compass with the "L" and final "N" of "LONDON" being immediately below the "D" and the final "L" of "DUNHILL".Whether you just need to remember if the fork is on the left or the right of the plate, or you'd like to know how to set a table worthy of dinner at Downton Abbey, we have a table setting guide for you. Submit your tricky etiquette question to the Awesome Etiquette podcast featuring hosts Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning.Tweet and tag your question with #awesomeetiquette or submit it to [email protected], from November 1920 to apparently sometime in 1922 the "D" stamping was "with tails" meaning that the ends of the semi circle clearly and noticeably extended past the vertical backbone line at both the top and bottom (the two extensions being the tails).With this in mind, a Dunhill Bruyere from 1920 is one that like all pre 1921/1922 Dunhill pipes does not have a date code and within that twelve year universe of pipes, does not have a duke street stamping, does not have an arched "DUNHILL" and does not have a "DUNHILL" "D" with tails.Or to put it affirmatively it looks like most any other pre World War II Dunhill Bruyere except that the date code is absent.
As a consequence dating a pipe to 1920 is always a judgment call and even if all the objective tests are met ultimately rests on a subjective feel for the period. The key distinction between 19 is that beginning in November of 1920 the "D" in the "DUNHILL" stamping is with tails.
In the following decade and a half almost all the elements of the now classic Dunhill pipe line came into place, for instance the two principal finishes - a mahogany "Bruyere" and a black sandblast "Shell" - the metal inner tube fitting and sandblast patents, most all the classic shapes, the white dotted bit, the one year guarantee, and the associated date code stampings.
In recent years a number of articles have addressed how to use those date code stampings to date Dunhill briars dating after 1925 but virtually none have addressed the earlier years (R. Field 'A Dunhill Pipe Dating Guide' Pipe Smoker Vol 2 No.1 Winter '84; the Levin Pipes International dating guide in its Dunhill catalogues compilation; 'A Dunhill Pipe Primer' The Smoker's Pipeline, Vol 10, No.
These anniversary pipes (model 1, a small ¾ bent, and model 3, a small billiard) are readily recognizable as the reverse side of the shank is stamped "75 YEARS ....." and the sterling band has a floral letter "L" as one of the hallmark strikes.
Thus if you find a duke street stamped pipe without these markings, you know it dates from before October 21, 1918.