England, 1950-60s, unsmoked
An unsmoked example of the Hardcastle’s craftsmanship from the 1946-1967 period. The company was already adopted under the Dunhill umbrella, but family management of the company retained a certain independence in production and marketing. Therefore the pipe is interesting both as a creature of the legendary old, good and famous English manufactory and as the Dunhill product as well.
The pipe markings are “Hardcastle’s \ LONDON MADE \ REJECT”. The length is 15.8 cm (6.22″), bowl’s height is 5.1 cm (2.01″). External diameter of the bowl is 4.0 cm (1.57″), internal diameter is 2.1 cm (0.83″). The depth is 4.2 cm (1.65″) and this pipe weights 36 gr. Briar, vulcanite stem, no filter. It seems there were no substantial reasons to mark the pipe as a “Reject” except few non crucial surface scratches and chips which were carefully and reliably patched during the restoration.