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Should I restore my 1937 Dunhill?

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  • Started 2 years ago by bencdavidson
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    bencdavidson

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    I've enjoyed pipes for a few years now, but I don't really know too much about them. This pipe belonged to my great-grandfather and was willed to me when he passed. His name was Desmond and he was an employee at the Dunhill factory. I was told this was his favorite pipe.

    I posted the below on Reddit and was told it is a 1937 Dunhill Root Briar Group 5

    "The pipe is obviously a little worn. Below is what I think is engraved on either side, though it's hard to be sure.
    The left side has the letter R and says Dunhill London.
    The right side says Made in England and the number 5, 50, or 53 and PAT. N9 417574/17"

    Can anyone here give me any additional information? Any ideas on what its value is? I have no intention of selling it, but I'm curious as I've been told it's an impressive piece.

    I'd also like to get it restored but have a few questions about that as well. Does restoring a pipe destroy its value? What would be done to restore a pipe in this condition. I'd also like it to still keep its character and not look brand new. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

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    Dunhill pipes are probably retain more value than anything else out there, except certain artisan makers. If you look at eBay or peruse some estate pipe resellers, you can see the vast sums that Dunhills can go for. Your pipe has some negatives, such as the charred rim and the fact that there is a step down from the shank to the stem, indicating that the stem may not be made for that specific pipe. Doesn't matter much regarding the way it smokes, but Dunhill collectors are a finicky bunch.
    If it were mine, I would send it to a repair shop and have it professionally cleaned, and smoke it in honor of your grandfather.

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    The only guy I would trust this vintage is George Dibos aka @georged here in the forums.

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    Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying, “I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.” One of the reasons behind this statement is that pipe smoking is meant to be a slow leisurely activity. It takes patience to smoke a pipe. Unlike cigarettes and cigars, there is a certain amount of technique to smoking a pipe. Where cigars and cigarettes can just be picked up, lit and puffed on, pipes require the development of a technique in order to get the best smoking experience.
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    I would send it to have professionally cleaned and restored, George Dibos comes highly recommended as @ThePipeMonk said

    Nowhere in the world will such a brotherly feeling of confidence be experienced as amongst those who sit together smoking their pipes
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    The same thread-starter post was (apparently) accidentally submitted twice, and they've now become separated so it's no longer obvious.

    Here is the first one for any interested BritWood fans who might have missed it:

    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/should-i-restore-my-1937-dunhill

    Also, thanks to all for the kind words regarding where to send pipes like this one, but I'm not taking any more work at this time. Once I whittle down the Pile-O-Boxes that is invading my house like a 50's B-movie creature, I'll definitely start again, though. Overly long wait times are stressful for everyone, is all. (a.k.a.: The PipeWorld needs more high grade repairmen! Where are you guys hiding?)

    Dogs live such short lives... and spend most it waiting for us to come home
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Hey there -- I have had excellent experience with https://rebornpipes.com/

    In fact, I will be having Steve Laug perform some rejuvenation on a few of my toys at his pipe spa this coming month

    After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely.

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    (a.k.a.: The PipeWorld needs more high grade repairmen! Where are you guys hiding?)

    Are you looking for apprentices?

    As to the OP's question, The pipe looks like a nice candidate for restoration. You may want to read some online resources and tackle the job yourself. The pipe looks to need little more than a good cleaning.

    Life contains a particle of risk. - Allardyce T. Meriweather in Little Big Man
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    Are you looking for apprentices?

    In the philosophical sense (for lack of a better phrase), yes. The logistics of such a thing would make it exceedingly impractical, though.

    I have some ideas that are coming together that will hopefully ease the situation a bit, but it's too soon to be sure if that project is practical either. I hope to know one way or the other in the next few months.

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    In the philosophical sense (for lack of a better phrase), yes. The logistics of such a thing would make it exceedingly impractical, though.

    I understand that.

    Posted 2 years ago #

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