I wrote to Les through EBay and asked his permission to reprint the article here on rebornpipes. Note – Barling nomenclature has never been an exact science and this info should be considered as a guideline rather than a mandate. if you get a comment by collector Tad Gage, his judgment is better than mine since I learned much of what I know from him as well as others.You can also post questions or make offers in the comments box below.Commencing business in 1893 as an auto supply house, Dunhill began producing its own oil cured briar smoking pipes in 1910.
The only finish to ever bear this duke street stamping was the Bruyere and after June 1918 the only other time Dunhill has employed the stamping was in 1985 in connection with its two Bruyere pipe sterling banded 75 Anniversary Set.
In the following decade and a half almost all the elements of the now classic Dunhill pipe line came into place, for instance the two principal finishes - a mahogany "Bruyere" and a black sandblast "Shell" - the metal inner tube fitting and sandblast patents, most all the classic shapes, the white dotted bit, the one year guarantee, and the associated date code stampings.
In recent years a number of articles have addressed how to use those date code stampings to date Dunhill briars dating after 1925 but virtually none have addressed the earlier years (R. Field 'A Dunhill Pipe Dating Guide' Pipe Smoker Vol 2 No.1 Winter '84; the Levin Pipes International dating guide in its Dunhill catalogues compilation; 'A Dunhill Pipe Primer' The Smoker's Pipeline, Vol 10, No.
The history of the brand reaches back to 1812 when Benjamin Barling began to sell meerschaum pipes decorated with silver bands.
The company was sold by the Barling family to Imperial Tobacco Co in 1962.