English Estates: Dunhill Bruyere 'Innertube' Patent (60) (1929)

Product Number: 004-002-17466

Alfred Dunhill's Innertube patent recognized a slender, aluminum tube that ran through the shank and part of the stem of certain Dunhill pipes. This feature assisted in cleaning and pipe maintenance during a time when pipe cleaners didn't yet exist, and it's clear how significant a feature it was — Dunhill saw fit to stamp all accommodating pipes with "Innertube." Applied for in 1912 and issued the following year, the Innertube Patent remains one of Dunhill's most innovative contributions to the pipemaking world, and pieces stamped such represent some of the oldest Dunhill pipes, this Bruyere example from 1929 having been fashioned a mere 16 years after the Innertube patent was issued. A ruby-stained straight Billiard, this vintage smoker speaks to the timelessness of classic pipe chart shapes, and while the bowl comes across as rather tall paired to the comparatively trim shank and stem combination, it's not of ODA size by any means, measuring in at about Group 4. There is some mild carbonizing and unevenness from reaming in the chamber as well as some small handling marks and over buffing to the stem, but all of that is to be expected from a pipe 90 years old and I've seen much younger pipes in far worse condition.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

Mild Chamber Carbonizing Chamber Uneven From Reaming Small Scratches Around The Bowl Small Dings Around The Bowl Stem Over Buffed

PAT. No 116989/179
  • Length: 5.53 in./140.46 mm.
  • Weight: 1.12 oz./31.75 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.78 in./45.21 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.32 in./33.53 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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