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Snagged 4 Old Dunhills at a Flea Market. Need a Dunhill Restoration Guru!

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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)

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    Yo jhed

    Pipephil.eu has a flow chart that might help with the Dunhill dating. You done good, partner1

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

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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.

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    This may be of use too:
    http://www.loringpage.com/attpipes/dundate.htm

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    Looks like you need a miracle worker. Good luck with your quest.

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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.

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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).

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    That panel pipe is sweet!

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    Definitely diamonds in the rough!

    Good score!

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    Hi, Jhedge05 --

    You have some interesting stuff there, for sure.

    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.

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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.

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

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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.

    RESPECT THE PIPE!
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    I only have anything worthwhile to say about every week or so.

    Please don't allow that to hinder you...none of the rest of us do.

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    Wow! You did real good there!

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

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    Incredible score! Play the lottery!

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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!

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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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    True MSO, I don't think I've ever seen a pipe at a yard or garage sale. Finding some at a flea market is very lucky.

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    MSO sure! It was in Clearwater Florida. We are only here for a few days but it happened to be cloudy and a bit chilly on the day the market was open. Otherwise I doubt we would have even gone. Just all around luck.

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    Congrats on the find! These will clean up very nicely.

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    Wow, that makes the story even better. Cloudy disappointing day on a beach vacation, and bingo! That's wonderful, a cloudy day you'll never forget. Get those babies burnished up like new and have at 'em! Now that's the way to purchase a Dunhill.

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    Lucky dog, congrats on the great score.

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    Rick at Briarville did these for me.
     photo Dunhill Pipes_zps2dcjppcc.jpg

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    I would go with piffyr, he does incredible work and gives us blow by blow pictures..

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    I live in Sarasota Fl which is not far from Clearwater. I don't remember giving you permission to shop at flea markets in my territory. The tax for your disrespect is my pick of the nicest Dunhill. I will pm you my address and you can deliver it to my door. I will give you 24 hours and then I send out my goons.

    Harris
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    Anthony (Piffyr) just sent me pictures of my 1923 Dunhill shape 60, it's on its way to me!


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    Those look well loved, but show plenty of potential. The nomenclatures look really sharp, heck of a find.

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    OMG. That is an incredible find. Those pipes are just amazing. And then they are Dunhills to boot. So awesome. Thank you for sharing!

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    Dating the four pipes, top to bottom from the imgur pics; 1) 1922, 2) ? (but the markings are there), 3) 1923 (best guess), 4) 1927.

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    Score! Have you done the wave? Rip off your shirt and slide on your knees? Going to Disney World?

    Congratulations! Nice find.

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    We watched some people crash and burn on the wave! Not for me though haha. We took the little guy to the aquarium and just relaxed. Took a little boat ride nothing too crazy.

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