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[[Image:parker1.jpg|thumb|300px|Estate Parker Select, courtesy, [http://www.smokingpipes.com/pipes/estate/england/ Smokingpipes.com]]]In 1922 the Parker Pipe Co Limited was formed by Alfred Dunhill to finish and market what Dunhill called its "failings" or what has come to be called by collectors as seconds. Previuos to that time, Dunhill marketed its own "faillings", often designated by a large "X" over the typical Dunhill stamping or "Damaged Price" with the reduced price actually stamped on the pipe.
In 1936 Hardcastle Pipes Limited sold 49% While the timing and exact nature of the early relationship remains a bit of its equity mystery, Parker was destined to the eventually merge with Hardcastle when in 1935 Dunhill company, andat about the same time opened a new pipe factory was opened at Forest Roadnext door to Hardcastle, Walthamstow, E17and purchased 49% of the company shares in 1936. In 1946 the Dunhill pipe factory in Notting Hill was moved to CumberlandRoad, E13, and in the same year the entire ordinary share capital remaining shares ofHardcastle Pipes Limited was were obtained. It , but it was not, however, until 1967 thatwhen Parker -Hardcastle Limited was formed, incorporating the Masta Patent PipeCompany.
It is evident through the Dunhill factory stamp log logs that Parker and Dunhill were closely linked at the factory level through the 1950s, but the difference yet it was not limited to much more than a few minor flaws that made a pipe destined to be a Dunhill suddenly a Parkerdistinguishing the two brands. Most Dunhill "faillings" would have been graded out of after the Dunhill line after bowl turning, and process exposed unacceptable flaws. This was prior to stoving, curing, carving, bit work and finishing. Due to reducing costs in order to for In others words, very few Parkers to meet their intended price point, they would not have been be subjected to the same rigorous process processes and care as pipes destined to become Dunhills. Only those that somehow made it to the end finishing process before becoming "faillings" enjoy significant Dunhill production wascharacteristics, and this likely represents very few Parker pipes.
After the war, and especially after the mid 1950s the differences between Parker and Dunhill became even more evident, and with the merger of Parker with Hardcastle Pipe Ltd, in 1967 the Parker pipe must be considered as an independent product. There is no record of Parker ever being marketed by Dunhill either in it's retail catalog or stores.

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