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jhedge05

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Jan 8, 2018
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Hey guys, I'm new here. I usually hang out in some other forums but I was directed here for some helpful information. That being said I was just wondering if there were any pipe restorers on the forum or any recommendations for a good place to send my dunhills in.
I snagged these 4 today for $50 while on vacation. Excuse the crappy hotel photos but I was excited!
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Also if anyone has any info or good resources to learn all little about them I'd appreciate it. I was trying to date them and I got lost in patents and codes! It's a science all it's own. Thanks!
Edited by jvnshr: Title capitalization (please check Rule #9)

 

beefeater33

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Excellent score!!

Those are 1920's era pipes, worth much more than what you paid! :clap:

That last one is a rare shape too.

Here's a resource I use for dating them:

http://www.rdfield.com/Articles/A%20Dunhill%20Pipe%20Dating.htm
edit: Looks like a few of them may even be from the 'teens......... WOW!

 

sablebrush52

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Wow! Great snag on those early Dunhills! We do have several restorers on this forum. I'd suggest that you contact forum members georged and/or piffyr.

 

jhedge05

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Jan 8, 2018
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Thanks! That second link is pretty helpful. And Georged has been recommended to me a few times. I'll see if I can get ahold of him.

 

saltedplug

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$200.00 for the restores brings $5-$700.00 in sales (assuming you want to sell, and a rough guess in any event).

 

georged

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Hi, Jhedge05 --
You have some interesting stuff there, for sure. :D
I'm swamped with work for a while, though, so as strongly as I feel the pull to work on it---which is VERY---I'm going to have to pass. My apologies. Too many people waiting on me as it is.
There's a guy in North Carolina (or is it VA?) who does stellar refurbs of pipes exactly like yours. His boardname here is Piffyr, but I don't think he comes around but once a week or so. Definitely worth tracking him down.
Regards,
George

 

menuhin

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Dunhills in a flea mark?? All patented?
Despite the crack at the shank in the first pipe, which is fixable, you have these paneled patent and all.

A big congrats about your trophy!
I want to be in such a flea market to spend my vacation too. :mrgreen:

 

brian64

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Congratulations, that's an incredible score. Please keep us updated on the restoration process.

 

piffyr

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Some guys just have all the luck don't they? Congrats, j! That's a drool-worthy quartet. They will clean up nicely.
There's a guy in North Carolina (or is it VA?) who does stellar refurbs of pipes exactly like yours. His boardname here is Piffyr, but I don't think he comes around but once a week or so. Definitely worth tracking him down.
Many thanks for the vote of confidence, George. I'm close enough to the VA/NC border that I'll accept either. I try to drop by the forum every few days, but I only have anything worthwhile to say about every week or so.

 

azpipe

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Hopefully whoever does the resto will post some pictures. These will be fun to follow.

 

jhedge05

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Jan 8, 2018
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Thanks everyone! I'm in touch with a few guys for restoration. Once I'm home in a few days I'll narrow it down and get them on their way. I'll keep you all posted!

 

mso489

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Can you let the cat out of the bag on the geographical location and the flea market? I don't think anyone is going to fly there on a jet, but it is interesting to see what regions offer. In N.C., tobacco pipes are rare a fleas and yard sales, antique shops, etc. Your find is the pipe dream of us all. The $12.50 estate Dunhill, dream on. Great find!

 
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