SHELL: 1919 - 1921 - No Date Code

FIRST EXAMPLE (circa 1918/19):

Stampings:

[Bot] 2 [---] DUNHILL’S [with a large "X" overstriking the "I"] [/] PATENT Nos [---] [??? two lines intentionally rubbed out] [---] 448 [first "4" is weak and appears to have been stamped separately from the following "48"]

Pictures:

[note, it is clear that there never was a 'shell' stamping on this pipe. Given the lack of a ‘shell’ stamping I date this to the first year of the English sandblast patent (pipe was found in London). The ‘X’ overstrike & perhaps the rub out I take as indicating a ‘second’. The rubbed out lines in the middle would logically be the two patent numbers but the remnants of the top rubbed out line appear to begin with a ‘D’ and end with an ‘S’, is the same length as the line to the left and one could claim to see remnants similar to the bottom left line under the rubbed out bottom line. This suggests to me that the stamping now to the left was originally stamped in the middle only to find that that left insufficient room for the patent numbers, so the middle stamping was rubbed out, with the idea of moving it to the left and then (but never done) stamping the patent numbers in the rubbed out space. I take the ‘2’ and the ‘448’ or ‘48’ (the pipe is in fact a ’48’ type shape) to be a double model number reflecting an ambivalence over whether to give the new sandblast pipes their own distinctive model or size numbers. Perhaps what happened is that the pipe was first stamped with the Bruyere bulldog shape number ‘48’, then however, to distinguish it from the Bruyere model a ‘4’ was added, then it was decided to go to a completely independent numbering system and the ‘2’ was added. Then, given the confusion of marks, it was decided to ‘X’ out the pipe altogether.]

 

 SECOND EXAMPLE (circa 1919/20):

Stampings:

[Bot] 2 [---] DUNHILL’S "SHELL" [/] MADE IN ENGLAND [---] PAT. MAR . 9 . 15 [/] PAT. AP[?] FOR

Pictures:

[note I date this circa 1919 in that the US sandblast patent was pending between 1918 & 1920]

 

THIRD EXAMPLE (circa 1920/21):

Stampings:

[Bot] 4 [---] DUNHILL’S "SHELL" [/] MADE IN ENGLAND [---] PATS. MAR . 9 . 15 [/]& 1341418/20

Pictures:

[Given the 1920 patent and the lack of a date code I date this to about 1920/21]

 

FOURTH EXAMPLE (circa 1919/21):

Stampings:

[Bot] 24 [---] DUNHILL’S "SHELL BRIAR" [/] PAT. Nos, 119708/?? 5861/12

Pictures

[Given the 1918 patent and the lack of a date code I date this to between 1919 and 1921]