Taking all this into account it should not be surprising that the original and complete dating code list, in possession of the firm's archivist at 30 Duke Street, is some twenty eight pages long.And even if this list was made available it would be of little use to any but the most expert because it can only be used in conjunction with the most precise knowledge of the Dunhill pipe as it has changed in appearance over the years. In 1950 a special series of "ODA" pipes was begun and continued through 1975.At about this same time a one year guarantee against defects was offered on the bowl of each pipe, and to insure against far older Dunhill pipes being replaced under this guarantee a simple dating code, showing the year of manufacture, was devised and stamped onto each pipe bowl. Over the ensuing years great interest has arisen over the "mystique" of the Dunhill pipe in general and the dating code in particular.
In 1848, either François or his son, Louis, made the first Bruyére pipe from the root burl of the indigenous White Heath, Erica arborea, known today as briar.Henri Comoy, son of Louis, established Comoy's of London in 1879 where most Comoy pipes have been made since.The problem is that I and others have a reasonable idea what we would like the age of this object to be, so by checking various claypipe typology charts it is very easy to find a data that 'fits' our expectations.Such an approach is not as scientific as it could be, so that's why I am asking here, to find someone without a preconceived idea of its age.Sometime in the 1980s, Comoy was bought or absorbed into Cadogan Industries, who continue to make the Comoy pipe today.
There is much more to be added to this page, with more pipes and some additional information about dating and provenance of various models...
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1960 "The Archaeological and Economic History of English Clay Tobacco Pipes", F.
François Comoy in Saint Claude, France originally founded the company in the early 1820's, as a manufacturer of clay pipes.
Consequently, much confusion has arisen over the dating code because it has not been standardized over the years, and seemingly minor differences in the code can mean a difference of years, even decades, in the manufacture of the pipe.