I didn’t realise what I had here until I began to clean and inspect this pipe. I got it from a friend who simply couldn’t get comfortable with it because of its size and shape. It’s just not a pipe for him. Knowing I have a penchant for the larger varieties, he made a gift of it to me and I thank him for it.
I found out how to date it using a dating chart for Dunhill pipes. I will provide the link in the side bar on this blog. What I did not understand was the marking “DRD” and two stars. It turns out, according to sources available at Smokers Forums, that DR stands for “dead root”, which means a dead briar tree root was used to make the stummel. The extra D is a grading of the wood and the two stars a grading of the visibility of the grain. (From 0 to 5). The “DR” mark also denotes straight grain.
A lovely pipe, well balanced and a lovely smoker. A pleasure to hold and behold. This pipe is probably more valuable than I realise and no, it isn’t for sale!