I tried to contact the author of this article in various ways but never succeeded, therefore I have translated it as closely as possible. I'd like to thank Alan Chestnutt of Reborn Briar like myself, user of pipesmokerunlimited forum for having helped me by reviewing the translation of this essay. If you have any question about the translation feel free to email me at mailto:bumperballdub mail. I have had the idea for a long time to publish on the web a collection of articles about dating and history of brands of pipes, especially English makes. Therefore, I finally decided to start the exercise discussing the most difficult brand to date. I say difficult and easy at the same time simply because Charatan, during its many mutations, has always left some unmistakable marks on its pipes; so unequivocal that dating does not prove a huge problem.
The result has been a heterogeneous production, almost like an ensemble of hand made pipes, each one truly different. As a matter of fact, the year of the Dunhill take over, many of those masters decided to leave the factory in order to establish their own business.
Needless to say that such personalities, even during their time at Charatan, left many distinctive signs on their creations, creating a challenge for later enthusiasts to spot them. At that time I was in touch with many of these carvers in order to learn more about that. The actual challenge of Charatan collectors or enthusiasts is not really the dating which as you'll see from this article is fairly easy, once you understand the necessary classification on cts of the various "eras"but beyond that the ability to recognize the master's hand that created the Charatan pipe.
I intend this article to be a work in progress and, you may have noticed, it is often added to.
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The final goal is to be able to publish photos of the many freehand styles, reporting accurately as far as you can in a virtual context, as an example of an objective analysis should be done with the original pipe in han and not showing the reader a simple photo how to recognize the work of different "master carvers".
Other interesting notes can be added about "micro-details" that can be traced back to changes in the eras. Another interesting challenge is the study of the latter period.
There is virtually no detailed literature on that, even though it encompasses at least 4 distinct eras! From a first Dunhill era dating where the pipe production continued in the original factory based in Grosvenor Street.
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What is curious about those eras of long and complex vicissitudes, almost everything that has been written about them usually only refer to them as "the French period"! Nothing is said especially of the revival that started in the yearand the move of production of Charatans to Colin Fromm 's Invicta, recently acquired by Dunhill precisely for this revival project, that involves some of the brands owned.
The Invicta factory is located in Chatham.
Charatan was founded by Frederick Charatan in in London. Mr Charatan was an immigrant full of ambition who immediately attempted to create an elite product.
Frederick's production, that should be properly be named 'Charatan's Make' and not simply Charatanhad an immediate impact. This first era was from untilwhen Frederick decided to leave the factory to his son Rueben. Reuben continued to produce very high quality pipes for many years, as his father had before him. He characterized the production by ceaselessly improving even the smallest detail of the pipes that were already considered an absolute reference point.
Dunhill Dating Guide Based on Loring's and Field's guides. Organized by Yang Forciori. Pre-Dating Code. First Years. March Exclusively third party made pipes. Shape numbers running from 1 through 30 (but not only in this period) and probably, DUNHILL over DUKE ST. S.W stamps. Stamping in these years is presently unknown, but it.
In the meantime the production had moved to Grosvenor Street. In Reuben died and his wife immediately decided to sell the company and it was purchased by Lane Limited.
At the beginning Lane decided to leave everything unchanged concerning production and workers. The famous 'Double Comfort' stem was the only Lane innovation. Things started to change in after Lane's acquisition of the Ben Wade brand and related machinery.
Essentially Charatan acquired a brand, rather than a real pipe manufacturing business. Charatan took part in this operation too since some Danish freehands were displayed in its catalogue while the so called 'seconds' were marked Ben Wade. In mid Charatan was acquired from Lane by Dunhill. That obviously resulted in some major changes untilwhen Dunhill decided to shut down the historical Charatan factory in Grosvenor Street.
It is worth noting that the factory was in Forest Road and not in 32 St. Andrew Road, Walthamstow, where the Dunhill factory was located since In Dunhill sold Charatan to J. Russell and the production was moved to France. For many this is considered Charatan's dark period. This operation has to be viewed as Dunhill's goal to give a new life to an old brand of the past, and the production of Charatans, Invictas, Simmons, and Hardcastles is taken over by Colin Fromm in Invicta's site in Chatham.
Dunhill logos > Logos & Markings index > Dunhill markings chart > Dating key. Dunhill dating key. Part 2 Back to part 1. Your pipe is posterior to ( - today) Select your year suffix. suffix . Dunhill dating key. Part 1 Your Dunhill pipe has a year suffix yes. no Patent number? Your pipe was crafted between and Narrow down your dating. These Dunhill pipes generally are prior to Exceptions. Your pipe is posterior to Narrow down your dating. Patent number? However, because the Dunhill company doesn't make its serial-number-deciphering method public, if you want to date your Rollagas, you'll have to contact customer service. Look for a serial number on the bottom of your Rollagas lighter.
This information leaked during a recent interview with Marc Burrows, head of Dunhill's shop in London's Jermyn Street, who claimed that recent Charatans from seem to be superior to those of the first Lane era! Jones started his apprenticeship with Reuben Charatan during the 50s. After a period in the storage and briar curing division, he was introduced by Reuben, who really appreciated Jones' ideas, to the carving of pipes. In a short period Jones became a 'master carver' responsible for many free hands of this period.
He put a 'Danish like' style to many creations and he still remained at Charatan even after Reuben's death.
He eventually left the company in I believe after the disappointing Dunhill acquisition and then moved to Upshall, or more correctly, to the Tilshead Pipe Co. Many collectors consider Jones's creations as the ultimate thus, for them, the era is seen as the most expressive time of the brand. We know for sure that after acquisition of Ben Wade some freehand pipes marked Ben Wade and. Jones has also given some detailed information about how to recognize his creations establishing a lot of interest among collectors.
For a proper dating of Charatan's pipes we need to target the various 'eras' and see if they are recognizable in the details of particular pipes. With regard to the different production, and thus quality, these distinctions have to be taken into account:. Charatans are made in the French factory in St. Claude by J. It is worth noting that during the second Lane era, after Ben Wade's acquisition, its machines were installed in the Charatan factory, revolutionizing the production of pipes, especially lower grades.
Other were commissioned to outside factories. Most of these pipes went out with the Ben Wade brand but is possible to find some pipes marked Charatan that have been produced by someone else. For sure Preben Holm was involved but there are some suspicions on other factories such as Willmer. It is important that the dating operation is carried out on an original pipe.
From they use the 'Double Comfort' style still used today. By the way there are some saddle bits without the double comfort used in pipes that date after but these models are always characterized by a X in the place of the DC engraved after the shape number on the shank.
This means that if a pipe has a tapered mouthpiece instead of a double comfort one, it is definitely a pre-Lane pipe before While if a pipe has a normal saddle bit stem, it could belong to every era. Nevertheless the pipe is pre if the shape code does not include an X, and is a pipe from after if the X is engraved.
Finally any pipe with the double comfort stem is definitely after Some differences are less obvious than others, however the glaring differences are detectable in 4 phases. The CP till the is very fine, the C penetrates the P.
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