The two scales, pinned in place with 14K gold, which grace either flank of this Dunhill's titanium band are older than Boudicca, Ceaser, and the second iteration of the Temple of Jerusalem. Though the Roman docks of Londinium this ancient material was salvaged from weren't built until 63 AD, the oak itself has been dated as having grown during the years between 186 BC and 63 AD, before it was harvested. From that day it has outlasted numerous kingdoms, empires, and countless regents, ranging from the Britons, Romans, and Picts, Anglo-Saxons, Jutes, and Normans, Plantagenets, Stuarts, and Hanovers alike. It seems only fitting that it should now be a part of a classic English pipe, from the definitive English marque; one known for building their briars to last.
- Eric N. Squires