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That a new pipe should be allowed to cool before re-smoking.

It is worth remembering

That to enjoy the delicate flavour of choice tobaccos it is essential to have a clean pipe.
The “Inner Tube” ensures this.

That the bowl should be emptied immediately after smoking.

That many a pipeful of good tobacco is spoiled by hasty filling.

That the Dunhill Self-Filling Cartridge effectually overcomes this difficulty.

That it is important to keep the interior of the bowl the right size.
Too much carbon will cause the pipe to crack, too little risks burning.

That Dunhill´s Carbon Cutter is the best form of pipe “scraper”: Quick, clean, accurate and everlasting. Complete in case 2/6.

That it behoves pipe smokers to be careful if wax matches are used.
It is easy to contaminate the tobacco.

That when not in use pipes should be kept bowl downwards.

That arrangements can be made for supplies of tobacco to be sent regularly each week, or at longer intervals.

The necessity for constant re-ordering is thus avoided.

That a Dunhill Tobacco is worthy of a Dunhill Pipe.

Tree Heath or Bruyére


The Bruyére

The Tree Heath or Bruyére (Erica Arborea) comes to perfection in the more southerly of the Mediterranean Lands, where the climate is that to which it is specially adapted. Here there is a summer drought, lasting several months, which the plant world must be prepared to withstand. Different plants have, of course their different devices for passing the recurrent bad seasons, but in general it may be said that there is a reduction in size of the parts of the plant above the ground, and a development of unusually large roots below ground; hence shrubs grow better than trees, and Small-1eafed shrubs especially flourish well.

A store of Bruyére awaiting shipment


The Heath or Erica family, with its tiny and often rolled-back leaves and its great capacity for developing woody parts, is naturally represented, and the most valuable (although by no means the most common) variety, is the Tree Heath or Bruyére. Growing to a height of some to feet, its external appearance gives but little indication of the enormous development of the roots, from which it derives its strength. The latter are comparable in size with the roots of our English forest trees, and are far superior to them in toughness, durability and closeness of grain. These latter qualities, which are a direct response to climatic stimulus, are naturally most developed where the


drought is most prolonged. Now the nearer to the Sahara, the longer grows the dry season, hence it is districts such as Calabria which have so far yielded the finest Bruvére. In certain island too, where the same conditions of climate are found, there is, strangely enough, a geological factor which contributes to the development of a close-grained wood. These islands form a remnant of a lost Archipelago, older far than the existing Mediterranean Lands, and are built exclusively of hand crystalline rock. The Bruyére must force apart the crevices of these rocks in its search for underground moisture, becoming itself toughened and compressed in the process.
Not only as regards the size of its roots, but also in respect of age may the Bruyére be compared to the English Oak, for in many cases its years may be numbered in centuries. The most valuable of the roots are those which, after living to such a great age, have died naturally in the ground. Their position is marked by the withered shrub above, which has exhausted the last drop of sap and moisture in its final struggle to cast a ripened seed. Such roots, seasoned as it were while still living and amenable to change are light, tough and close-grained, for the fibres have contracted and are not porous. From the heart of such roots are carved the straight grains bowls, each

conforming in its size and shape, to the range and trend of the grain, as the carver's chisel brings it to light. The outer portions, too, yield in the worker's hands the handsome marking which is a characteristic of the Bruyére bowl and distinguishes it from those cut from immature Briar. Much of the Briar that was used for pipe making thirty or forty years ago was actually, Bruyére but, as the demand for root increased, the supply in accessible places was soon exhausted, and the ordinary Briar of commerce is now often procured from plantations of but a few years´ growth. True dead-root Bruyére can now be found only in comparatively remote districts. It is becoming scarcer every year, and such is the difficulty and expenses involved in obtaining the finest grade that Alfred Dunhill Ltd. possess a virtual monopoly.

The weight of every lead is carefully checked


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The colour of a Bruyére pipe is distinctive; nothing but oil need be used in the polishing and finishing process. Immature Briar is nearly white, almost like pinewood. It contains sap and if this sap is dried out by any seasoning process it leaves the wood porous. It is this difference that accounts; for the fact, so readily recognised that the cheap Briar pipe quickly becomes foul, whilst the dead-root Bruyére pipe can be smoked for, years without losing its original sweetness. A common Briar pipe has to be seasoned by the Smoker at the cost of much discomfort. The dead-root Bruyére is seasoned by Nature and the very first smoke is a revelation.


Pipes of unusual Shapes

These pipes are completely handfashioned by an artstic craftsman









Any design, however unconventional, an be specially carved to order

40/-, 50/-, 70/-, 90/-, 130/-, 210/-
According to size and shape

A fascinating variety of widely divergent shape is always in stock







Hand-carved from dead Bruyére Root

An assortment will gladly be sent for inspection

40/-, 50/-, 70/-, 90/-, 130/-, 210/-
According to size and shape

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