An extraordinary piece of the English pipe making history. Masta patent is mostly known as the company aquired by Dunhill in 1946 and incorporated to Parker-Hardcastle in 1967. As states pipedia, the brand no longer appears to exist after these changes.
However it’s always very interesting to know what was before Dunhill, how the Masta pipes did look, which series and shapes have been produced? Today we are proud to represent not just a pre-Dunhill Masta patent pipe, but the pipe made almost on the beginning of the companie life . Yes, the pipe came to us from 1912: silver hallmarks with the anchor, lion and lower case “l” mean Birmingham, 1910. It’s four years before the Great War! The pipe is of rather compact size as it was traditional at these times, but unlike other vintage pipes the grain is really noticeable: a lot of birdeyes!
The pipe markings are is “MASTA \ PATENT \ COOL CHAMBER \ A” on the stummel and “M.P.P.Co”, “MASTA PATENT” plus silver hallamarks for Birmingham, 1912. The length is 10.3 cm (4.06″), bowl’s height is 4.3 cm (1.69″). External diameter of the bowl is 2.9 cm (1.14″), internal diameter is 1.8 cm (0.71″). The depth is 3.4 cm (1.34″) and this pipe weights 30 gr. Briar, vulcanite stem, no filter. It can be difficult to push a pipe cleaner thru the stem, you may need to twist it some time or clean the stem from both sides. At the same time air flows freely.