The stamping “BRITISH MADE” clearly indicates that this pipe was produced during the Hardcastle family’s ownership of the company, prior to Alfred Dunhill’s complete acquisition in 1948. Given that Hardcastle’s factory was unable to obtain briar during WWII, it is most likely that the pipe dates back to the 1930s. The tenon is designed to accommodate a thin paper filter (approximately 3.5 mm in diameter; we have included an original sample), but of course the pipe can be smoked without any filter.
Pipe markings “HARDCASTLE’S \ BRITISH MADE \ DRYCONOMY\ REGD”, “72”
Length 14.2 cm (5.6″)
Bowl Height 3.8 cm (1.5″)
Outside Diameter 3.6 cm (1.42″)
Chamber Diameter 1.8 cm (0.71″)
Chamber Depth 3.3 cm (1.3″)
Weight 27 gr.
Briar, vulcanite stem.
The pipe was accurately smoked, it has been thoroughly cleaned, polished, sanitized and now is ready for a new life.