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biersteiner
06-01-2012, 11:01 PM
Hello all. Recently picked up a Dunhill root briar. circa 1931. My question is this. It has Prov Prot on it. Would anyone know what that may stand for? Appreciate any help.

Commander Quan
06-02-2012, 10:23 AM
Provisional Protection.

I see the Smoking pipes page where the pipe came from and it's a beaut. There's something off here though. According to this site http://www.chicagopipeshow.com/education/Documents/Loring-Notes_on_Early_Dunhills.pdf Only pipes made in 1917 had the Prov Pro stamping. It certainly would not be uncommon for Dunhills to have an incorrect stamp but that's quite a discrepancy.

biersteiner
06-04-2012, 11:17 PM
Thanks for the link and yes I agree. Nothing seems to match with info I have come across. It has a number 10225/31, which I believe denotes a bent pipe. The stem is straight and the coloration matches the burl on the bowl. It also has a 12 after England which I think might take it to 1932. But never less an interesting piece.

Commander Quan
06-05-2012, 11:29 AM
I know that sometimes if a pipe was sent back to the factory for repairs they would restamp the pipe. Even though it is unsmoked, I wonder if this was sent back to have a new stem fitted or some other maintenance? That could account for the conflicting stamps.