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Snagged A Dunhill In Old San Juan

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  1. 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?
    http://a63.tinypic.com/b6d93p.jpg





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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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    Zack, you got that at a steal. It's a 251 most likely from the 60's. I also own one similar from the early 60's. In mint condition ALL original they are worth around $250.00.

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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...

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    I bet old Alfred said, lets ship this new finish to Old San Juan before anyone else gets a crack, test the waters!

    Al

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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:

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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

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    Beefeater ftw!

    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!

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    It's a beaut! Like everyone said, definitely a '52 with the patent and that blast to back it up.

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    I like that...someday I'll own one

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    Nice score !!

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    $35 for a 1952 Tanshell, nice score

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    Incredible and what nice shape.

    Jason
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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.

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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?

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    Wait! I'll pay $75.00! Or maybe triple what you paid for it.....

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    What a score. I am envious.

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    Great find Zack! Congrats.

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    you never know
    Love the pipe.

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    I concur, 1952.

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    That classic beauty really strums my heart strings, Super congrats!

    Now who was that saying a pipe is just a chunk of wood and plastic?

    Dot
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  24. judcole

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    Nice find!

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    It's a lot of fun reading about old companies and their nomenclature. Dunhill is always rich with the subject.
    I've been acquiring older briar estates lately and classic styles. I have a mind set that these older pieces deliver a more mellow experience, and by their history alone, I find this is true.
    They don't have to be Dunhills, but when they are, (I've got only one, a shell from 1954) they're just that much more 'special'.
    Heck of a score and wonderful refurb!

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  26. fishnbanjo

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    Excellent find and restoration enjoy it, the Tanshell is a fine finish, regards.
    banjo

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  27. zack24

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    Thanks guys...I keep looking at it...torn between smoking it or selling it so I can buy more toys...

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  28. doctorbob

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    That is the first tanshell that I lust after. Excellent find!

    Doc

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