Dunhill pipe dating guide
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.
1903: Alfred Dunhill Ltd (the 'predecessor company') incorporated.
1904: Dunhill's Motorities shop opened at 5 Conduit Street.
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.
Each Dunhill patent has been evolved to meet some expressed or anticipated need, but in the production of the article itself beauty of form and colouring have certainly not been neglected.
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.
Head office, wholesale and export departments opened in new buildings at 359-361 Euston Road - London. 1905: Alfred Dunhill's Patent Development Company established at 8 Argyll Place, London. 1909: Dunhill began an in-house pipe repair business.
Dunhill's Motorities shops opened in Edinburgh, Manchester, within Hotel Cecil, London. 1907: First Dunhill tobacco shop opened on 31a Duke St. 1907-1910: Dunhill imported the bulk of his pipes from France.