To allow easier utilization these charts appear both in the centerfold to this book and on either side of the back cover.
The central text more closely approaches the traditional dating guide, proceeding by year and finish, but in greatly expanded form with the premise that it should not be so much a tool for immediate use but rather, a means of providing a sense of background and nomenclature development that will allow for a comfortable and knowing use of the 'quick' charts.
In addition the reader will find that I have significantly expanded my previous work regarding the pre 1918 Dunhill pipe.
In that latter regard patent charts are provided which should greatly assist in dating or confirming the dating of pre 1955 pipes which have no, weak or unreadable date codes.
The pipe I just put down is a good example of how this book works as a date guide (and in draft form actually did work) with a 'difficult' pipe.
It's a 'double patent number' DUNHILL'S "SHELL" churchwarden with crisp nomenclature that has the look and feel of an 'older piece' but suffers from that dreaded decease known as - no date code.
Amelia Parker's jewellery, cards and small accessories are created using fragments of clay smoking pipes collected from the foreshores of the River Thames.
Many of the fragments date back to the 16th century and are used as found, having been eroded and coloured by time and tide over hundreds of years – they have not been trimmed to size or enhanced in any way.
It began as a dating guide for Dunhill pipes and in that sense it is very nearly an end.
While further definition in the pre 1918 era may be possible, for the first time pipe collectors, pipe smokers, and those just going through those old attic trunks will be able to comfortably date Dunhill pipes from their inception in 1905 through today.
Additional tools are provided to allow dating or easier dating of heretofore 'undatable' or 'difficult' pipes having weak nomenclature and question mark years such as 1951 are addressed and I believe, resolved.
As a dating reference this volume may be viewed as being of three parts.
First, there are two one page 'quick' guides that unlike previous efforts basically work from 'nomenclature to year' rather then from 'year to nomenclature' on the premise that most all dating questions begin with known nomenclature and an unknown year.
Given that similar date codes were used in multiple years, a "0" code for instance can date to anyone of six years (although previous date guides recognized only five) this approach should at least limit the page turning, and perhaps even the puzzlement.