Snagged A Dunhill In Old San Juan

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zack24

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My first restoration- the first two pics are original condition- the other pics are after a little work. Negotiated hard in old San Juan- got it down to $35. A question on the nomenclature- with the underscore 2, I think it should be a 1952 Tanshell, but the first year for Tanshell was supposed to be 1953. Any ideas?

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samcoffeeman

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Looks gorgeous! And a great price too! The nomenclature around that era is not an exact science. Yours is almost surely a 1952, considering the patent number. I have a Dunhill Root Briar with patent number and a 4 in a circle with a date code of 9. The patent numbers were supposed to be out before the group numbers in a circle were in place. I'm pretty sure mine dates to 1949 but the stamps are a little conflicting. It is also stamped Dunhill over London, not Dunhill over Root Briar.

 

georged

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Major super-duper-doubleplus good score, Zack. Meaning to find it at ALL, never mind for $35 (that's obscene).
I have a 472 (LB) that "broke" John Loring's book regarding production date, so don't hang your hat on it. He's gone, but the info is a never ending work-in-progress.
Looks like 1952 is NOW the earliest Tanshell known. :D

 

zack24

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Thanks guys...I had the underlined 2 figured as a 1952, but couldn't figure out why it would be a year earlier than the first published date for Tanshell...I was surprised what nice shape it was in...

 

jpmcwjr

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Winner, winner, chicken cacciatore! ... Gorgeous pipe, fine find! I particularly like the LEGO box in the stuff under your work bench:

 

beefeater33

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That's one hell of a find!! And for $35! NICE!!!

I was a diehard "shell" smoker for years, because I loved the blasts and looks, but I think my Tanshells are my best smokers to be honest. Enjoy that one.

I agree with the 1952 date. I think the first Tanshells were actually made in 1951.......

Here's an old reference FWIW....

Dunhill Tanshell

 

zack24

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@ jpmcwjr
I just tried a new bulk uploader, but couldn't get the picture to display- how did you do that?

 

georged

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Beefeater ftw! 8)
I've managed to pick up some Dunhill nomenclature knowledge through osmosis/exposure over the years, but never considered myself a Duke Street Irregular-caliber guy. That's the first time I've seen 1951 & 52 backstory. Muchacho gracioso! :D

 

mso489

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Sounds like you negotiated it down to this absurdly low price. Bravo. Really handsome pipe. (Did they pay you the $35 to get you to accept it?) I paid more than that for my Dr. Grabow Royaltons.

 

zack24

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Sounds like you negotiated it down to this absurdly low price
They were asking $58....They simply aren't big pipe collectors in the islands...I had to negotiate to what Greta thought was a good deal- about $35- if I had paid $58 for a dirty used pipe, she would have killed me...:)

 
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I'll second and thirds all the comments. Great pipe, great deal, and new knowledge to boot. Can you let Greta know that you got a sucker willing to pay $58 for that dirty pipe and then message me so that we can finalize things? :lol:

 
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