Erik Hesse

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Perhaps the greatest Dunhill's collection after Loring's.

Dr. Erik Hesse PhD
The Evolution of My Pipe Collecting: Emphasizing the Dunhill Pipe

I was born in Berkeley, California in 1954, and for the first 30 or so years of my life it was still “normal” to see men smoking their pipes publically. My next-door neighbor in the North Berkeley hills was a professor at U. C. Berkeley and a Chaucer scholar. I remember as a boy seeing this dapper man descend his stairs in the morning to go to work. Almost always he sported an elegant Harris tweed and puffed happily away on one of what l later learned was his regular rotation of Charatan pipes.

My best friend’s father was also a pipe smoker and I suspect that my interest in the pipe began with my observations of these two men. (...) See more about Mr. Hesse here.

Aspas-copy.pngIn closing, I want to emphasize that to my taste the finest of the Dunhill pipes are as fine as any pipes ever made. This does not mean that I do not believe that there are other (e.g., English, Italian, Scandinavian and American) pipe makers who have produced equally outstanding products.Aspas.png

The Collection

From the 20s
*From the personal collection of Yang Forcióri. It is rare to find a cased set with more than two pipes. Additionally, most of the sets with three or more pipes that I have seen consist of only smaller pipes. This set is remarkable not only in terms of its condition, but as well, the pipes are good sized, with the 60 being a true group 4. Note also, as per the inscription in the second photo, the three pipes are “made from one briar root”.
** This pipe is extraordinarily large -- 11 inches in length and 4 ¾ inches in height. It is un-smoked and remains in its almost flawless original case. I assume this pipe was made to be a display piece for a Dunhill shop, although the patent number is for American export, which makes it impossible to speculate as to what shop that might have been.  The pipe includes the original inner tube that also has correct patent stamping.
*** Bowl height is almost 2.5 inches.
**** These pipes are the only two LO9’s that I have ever seen. I have not been able to find any other individual who has ever seen one.  Finally, to my best knowledge, the L09 is not listed in any Dunhill catalogue.  The pipe is essentially an outsized 120.
***** From the personal collection of John_C._Loring. 

From the 30s & 40s
* This pipe is LB size and sports 2 red bakelite factory mouthpieces.
** From the personal collection of John_C._Loring. 
*** From the personal collection of Edsel JAMES. 

From the 50s
* The SP stands for a pipe that was not in stock but was ordered by the purchaser at a given shop. It does not stand for “Special Pipe” or “Special Order” as is often thought
** From the personal collection of Les Sechler.
*** From the personal collection of David Gabriel.
**** From the personal collection of Edsel. This was Edsel James’ “go to” pipe for more than 40 years. It has a gold repair band and the nomenclature is too buffed to read the end of the patent number or the date stamp. See below where this pipe is pictured along with a picture from P&T of Edsel holding the pipe not long before he sold it to me.

From the 60s
* From the personal collection of Edsel JAMES. 
** From the personal collection of John_C._Loring. 

From the 70s & 80s
* Loring states on pp. 53 “in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s the 843 was sometimes stamped 845, the two pipes being identical except for the bit.” 


P&T 1998

Edsel was in the first generation of serious (pre-Loring) Dunhill collectors.

Yang (talk) 21:57, 6 June 2021 (UTC)