By a fortunate coincidence, William John Ashton-Taylor was born in 1945 in a house next to Alfred Dunhill’s factory. It seemed like only a matter of time before he would become an apprentice in a factory at the age of 14 (Bill was still in school). Over the next quarter-century, Bill climbed through the ranks of the company, eventually reaching quality control and management positions. In 1980, Bill opened his own pipe repair shop and began crafting pieces for London companies. And very soon, in 1983, the world-famous sparkling Ashton appeared.
This pipe is one of the first pipes Bill Ashton-Taylor made after leaving Dunhill. Today “Taylor Made” is an Ashton second and these pipes bear the stampings “Taylor Made by Ashton”.
Pipe markings “Taylor Made \ MADE IN \ ENGLAND”
Length 15.5 cm (6.1″)
Bowl Height 6.1 cm (2.4″)
Outside Diameter 4.1 cm (1.61″)
Chamber Diameter 2.1 cm (0.83″)
Chamber Depth 4.6 cm (1.81″)
Weight 67 gr.
Briar, vulcanite stem, no filter.
The pipe was accurately smoked, it has been thoroughly cleaned, polished, sanitized and now is ready for a new life.