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I flamed the stain and repeated the process until the coverage was even on the bowl and in the deep pits of the sandblast finish. Out of curiosity Eddie tried juegos de dentistas online dating pipe in his own mouth, and found that it "rested perfectly on the chin and saved a lot of 'jaw effort'".

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I took a close up photo of the rim to show the darkening on the back side of the top. One key question might be when the company switched nomenclature from "London Made" to "British Made" if indeed the dating hardcastle pipes isn't one of model rather than time of manufacture.

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There is a smooth portion on the bottom of the bowl and shank for the stamping and allowing it to be a sitter. I wiped the bowl down with acetone on cotton pads to clean of any remnants of the old finish and to remove the debris from the brass brush work on the rim.

You can see the sand pits on both sides of the bowl that may have made this pipe a reject. The stain had covered well. I dry sanded it with grit pads and rubbed it down with the oil after each set of three pads.

Dating History

To start with, what I believe you have there is actually a "Camden", Hardcastle's early version of a drysmoke or hygienic pipe; the "Dryconomy" came along some 25 years later.

The finished pipe is shown in the photos below. I used a brass bristle tire brush to scrub the top of the rim and try to clean out some of the darkening on the rim. I buffed the pipe with Blue Diamond on the buffer and gave the stem multiple coats of carnauba wax.

After it is speculated that Hardcastle became the brand for "Parker Seconds" 6 day set, courtesy of FinePipes.

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The bowl had a thick cake and a large overflow of lava on the rim. I am pretty happy with the finished pipe. I am not sure why this pipe was rejected. It appears to be a decent piece of briar.

My personal guess is that the story is in essence true, but that the BIF referred to was an earlier one, say or The pipes pictured are from a 6-day set.

But he [Eddie] just couldn't get a pipe to sit properly in a chair! The story behind your pipe is actually pretty cool. I also cleaned out the airway into the bowl and in the stem. It was invented by Eddie Hardcastle, son of the company's founder Edmund, as a result of preparations for a Hardcastle exhibit at the British Industries Fair.

The stem was lightly oxidized and there were tooth dents and chatter on the top and underside near the button. For one thing the Phitu appears in price lists at least as early as It is a small almost pencil shank pot.

In fact this put a definite end to Hardcastle as a own-standing pipe brand and no one minor than Edwin Hardcastle, the last of the family executives, spoke frankly and loudly of Hardcastle pipes being degenerated to an inferior Dunhill second.

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The lava covered the light blast finish on the rim completely and it was hard to tell the condition of the bowl at this point. I took the next set of photos to show what the pipe looked like when it arrived in Vancouver.

German vulcanite was unavailable during the war, so these pipes are fitted with horn stems. I have circled them in red.

The colour was a little dark for my liking and would need to be lightened a bit before I was finished. Eddie was putting together a display built around his idea of illustrating "a day in the life in a pipe, showing them catching the train in the morning, going to work, sitting in the arm-chair at home at night.

Andrews Road factory — now consequently called Parker-Hardcastle factory. I took some photos of the pipe at this point in the process. To lighten the colour of the stain I washed it down with some alcohol on cotton pads until the colour was more to my liking.

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I was able to remove some of it and make it less pronounced. I wet sanded the stem with grit micromesh sanding pads and rubbed it down with Obsidian Oil.

Login to Send PM Hi, Hardcastles are notoriously tricky to date, and since I've never made time to dig very deeply into the brand I can offer only the broadest possible guidance.

I cleaned the mortise with a dental spatula and then cotton swabs, pipe cleaners and alcohol. I sanded the stem with grit sandpaper to smooth out the slight dimples that remained in the surface. The finished colour is shown in the photos below.

Dunhill merges Hardcastle with Parker. The Fair was annual for a number of years. I buffed the bowl and stem with a clean buffing pad and again by hand with a microfibre cloth to raise and deepen the shine on the briar. This ended in Like many non-contemporaneous accounts it's a bit suspect.

My brother did his usual great clean up on the exterior of the pipe. It was clean but darkened. Edmund Hardcastle establishes the brand He reamed the bowl and removed the lava build up on the rim and left a slightly darkened rim with no burns or damage to the edges.


He took some close up photos of the bowl and stamping. Dunhill buys the reing shares, but the family continues to manage the company There were no burn marks or damaged briar on the edges of the bowl. I painted the dents in the stem with the flame of a Bic lighter and was able to raise them almost smooth.

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For what it's worth I can definitely say the "British Made" stamp was in use by the early s. Hardcastle wound up marketing the pipe and supposedly it sold well, especially for "fireside and motoring".

We should not expect to find any actual Dunhill production in these lines, and while one might be there, it is doubtful we will ever be able to determine it [1].

Since this fusion the telephone book of London Town listed the following: There were two small sandpits on the sides of the bowl that I suppose may have caused it to be a reject but that is not clear to me. The stamping is also shown and it remains sharp and distinct.

The original listing notes " This account is drawn from a issue of a trade journal Tobacco. The Camden was introduced I think aboutand certainly no later than ; unfortunately for the purpose of dating your pipe the Camden continued to be offered at least until the company changed its name to Parker-Hardcastle some 38 years later.

Someone who knows Hardcastle nomenclature better than I, perhaps having access to a number of hallmarked Hardcastle pipes if any such existmight be able to help you narrow that range. Today Hardcastle pipes use funneled down bowls that are not deemed suitable to bear the Dunhill or not even the Parker name as well as obtaining briar from other sources.

It has a rich blast on the sides of the bowl and shank.