English Estates: Dunhill Bruyere Christmas Pipe (Five Gold Rings) (4) (4/500) (1997) (Unsmoked)
Product Number: 004-002-6546
The Dunhill Christmas Pipe is a special series in and of itself, featuring limited-number annual runs of beautiful Dunhill briars accompanied by special book-style presentation cases and specifically designed tampers cast in sterling silver. That having been said, the Christmas Pipes that were issued from 1993-2004 have a particularly special place amongst collectors, as these were 12 the years during which Dunhill followed the theme of what is perhaps the most famous Christmas carol of all, and an English one at that: The Twelve Days of Christmas
For 1997 it was time for the “Five Golden Rings” verse to have its turn, and so Dunhill chose a fittingly smooth and sensuous, full-bodied bent Billiard, here in a rich Bruyere finish. Aside from bearing one of the most complex tampers, depicting a trimmed tree trunk hung with rings, this year’s edition was also unique for using a Quaint variation, rather than standard Dunhill design for the pipe itself.
This example also happens to be number “4/500” produced, a special number to collectors where Dunhill’s limited editions are concerned, given that “1/x” remains in the hands of Dunhill. I don’t know where that leaves "2/x" or “3/x”, but I can say that I’ve never seen a single one yet.
- Eric N. Squires
Measurements & Other Details
4 [in circle]
dunhill [in oval]
MADE IN ENGLAND37 [37 underlined]
4 OF 500
Condition: 5/5 Unsmoked
- Length: 5.52 in./140.21 mm.
- Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.55 in./39.37 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Billiard
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: England