Dunhill Christmas Pipe
Contributed and translated by Yang Forcióri
It was in 1980 that the first Dunhill Christmas pipe appeared. Throughout the '80s, own them were a point of honor for collectors: they were available in a few hundred pieces and the supply did not meet the demand: few distributors could have one available to their customers. Since 1982 the pipes have been accompanied by a leather box in the shape of a book. Until 1992 each pipe was exclusively dedicated to Christmas of the year. From 1993 edition, the pipes were further included in a 12-year series, dedicated to fairy tales of the English tradition and accompanied by a silver tamper (that echoes the theme of the fairy tale), as well as by the certificate and leather box.
Since 1993 the Christmas pipe has become less exclusive, not only because of the increases of production but also because the pipe was no longer unique and becomes was tied to a series. This increase in production and availability gave access for more users and made possible the emergence of new collectors from 1993: for some of them, one of these pipes has become the Christmas gift for excellence.
It's hard to find a full Dunhill Christmas collection, mostly because of the rarest and most coveted: the 1981 Dunhill Christmas Pipe, the second in the series. Due to an error on printing the price list, several pipes (something between 75/96 - there is no certainty), were sold at the price of 425 euros - which did not include the cost of the wooden box. It was expected at 650 euros. Instead of correcting the error, the company decided to remove the unsold pipes from the market. Today, the 1981 Dunhill Christmas Pipe is one of the rarest and is, for many collectors, the missing piece to complete the full Christmas series.