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Alfred Dunhill WATERLOO - BATTLE OF BRITAIN  Pipe

Alfred Dunhill WATERLOO - BATTLE OF BRITAIN Pipe

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Manufacturer:

Alfred Dunhill

Model:

Waterloo
Battle of Britain Pipes
Shell Briar
4

Made in:

England15
(2015)

Size:

4

Shape:

Cherrywood

Type:

Limited Edition
of 150

Pipe Bowl:

Briar

Mouthpiece:

Ebonite
Fish-tail
Wide-bore

Drilling:

3mm

Application:

AD 925er Sterling Silver

Condition:

Brand New

Waterloo
BATTLE OF BRITAIN PIPES

THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO
18 June 1815

One of the most famous battles in world history and the most important land battle in British history the Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815 near Waterloo what is today part of Belgium.

The French Armée du Nord under Napoléon Bonaparte was defeated by the Anglo-allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington and a Prussian army under the commander Field Marshal von Blücher.

The French army of around 69,000 consisted of 48,000 infantry, 14,000 cavalry, and 7,000 artillery and was equipped with 250 guns. The French troops were experienced soldiers, especially the cavalry had an excellent reputation, which included 14 regiments of heavy cavalry and 7 highly versatile lancers.

Wellington’s troops consisted of 50,000 infantry, 11,000 cavalry, and 6,000 artillery with 150 guns, totalling 67,000 soldiers. Of these, 25,000 were British (including a disproportionate number of Irishmen) and 6,000 were from the King's German Legion (KGL). All of the British Army troops were regular soldiers but were overall less experienced than their French counterparts. In addition, there were 17,000 Dutch and Belgian troops, 11,000 from Hanover, 6,000 from Brunswick, and 3,000 from Nassau, many of them inexperienced. Furthermore, Wellington was also short of heavy cavalry with only seven British and three Dutch regiments.

The Prussian army was in the midst of a major reorganisation integrating reserves and Landwehr (militia) regiments with mostly untrained and unequipped soldiers. The Prussian cavalry was in a similar state. However, the Prussian Army had an excellent leadership and very professional General Staff organisation. These officers came from four special schools developed for this purpose and thus worked to a common standard of training.

It was a closely fought battle. The Duke of Wellington later said “the nearest-run thing you ever saw in your life”. Two hundred thousand soldiers and three of the most splendid commanders of their age fought possibly the most intensive, bitter battle in the entire military history.

At the end of the battle - after nine hours of most intense fighting and within a six square kilometre area - 54,000 men lay dead or mortally wounded or were injured.

The defeat at Waterloo ended Napoleon's rule as French emperor and meant the end of his Hundred Days return from exile. He abdicated 4 days later, and on the 7 July coalition forces entered Paris.

THE LIMITED EDITION
WHITE SPOT WATERLOO PIPES

These three Battle of Waterloo pipes have been specifically created and manufactured to remember the 200th anniversary of the battle and to celebrate the victory at the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815.

After launching the Battle of Trafalgar pipes in 2007 and the Battle of Britain pipes in 2010, this third limited edition collection concludes the trilogy of the most important battles in British history.

The Battle of Waterloo pipe is an elegant Quaint shape in size group 4, a shape specially made for this edition. The pipes have semi-bevel rims and are fitted with precious metal bands engraved with the inscription The Battle of Waterloo and 1815 - 2015.

The pipe tamper is shaped as a cannon of the period, with its main body cast from solid Sterling Silver, while the tamper for the Amber Root version has additionally been decorated with four elegant rings made from 18ct Gold.

What gives those pipe tampers indeed historic importance is that the Cascabel (knob) and Breech of the cannon tampers are made from pig iron that was recast from an original French 12-pounder cannon ball from the Waterloo battle field.

The deformed cannon ball was found buried into the Waterloo battle field ground in 1979 by a French metal detectorist and was subsequently purchased by the director of Alfred Dunhill’s White Spot division in 2012 in anticipation of this project.

The red circle on the right indicates the approximate position where the cannonball was found.

The highly collectable Battle of Waterloo editions are housed in a prestigious midnight blue leather box of generous dimensions. The lid bears the relief busts of the three generals – Feldmarschall von Blücher, the Duke of Wellington and Napoléon Bonaparte.

The pipe, the tamper and the certificate are presented in a removable tray.

Furthermore, each set is accompanied by the hardcover book ‘Waterloo – The decisive Victory” edited by Colonel Nick Lipscombe, which has been integrated with its slip case under the removable tray in the base of the presentation box.

Each set is accompanied by its numbered and hand-signed limited edition certificate.

This edition series is strictly limited to only 10 pipes in Amber Root, 140 pipes in Bruyere and 150 pipes in Shell Briar finish.

The respective number “1” of each edition are not for sale and stay in the White Spot archive.

 

 pipe details approx.

A

3,5 cm

1.38inch

B

4,5 cm

1.77 inch

C

14,0 cm

5.51 inch

D

2,0 cm

0.79 inch

E

3,5 cm

1.38 inch

Weight

38 gramm

38 gram

FEATURES

KEY BENEFITS

Subject ‘Waterloo’ - To commemorate the bi-centenary of the most important land battle in British history, conclusion of the “British Battle” trilogy
Quaint shape - Stand-up pipe with semi-bevel rim created for this edition
Finish - Amber Root: smooth orange finish, introduced in 1995
- Bruyere: red smooth finish, introduced in 1910
- Shell Briar: sandblast black finish, invented by AD in 1917
Size - Gr.4 – medium to large size
Mouthpieces - Quarter-bent taper mouthpiece, individually cut, shaped, finished and fitted from black Vulcanite rod.
Precious metal bands - 5mm wide, made from Sterling silver (= 92.5% pure silver) or
- 18ct Gold (= 75% pure gold) for Amber Root version only,
- engraved with “Battle of Waterloo” and “1815 to 2015”
Tamper - crafted from Sterling Silver (main body) and iron
- four 18ct Gold rings (for Amber Root version only)
- Iron part (Breech & Cascabel) re-cast from an authentic French 12-pounder cannonball recovered from the Waterloo battlefield
- engraved with W for Waterloo, N.W.B for the initials of the 3 commanders and the dates 1815 – 2015.
- Height 77 mm
- Weight 38 grams (42 grams for Silver & 18ct Gold version)
Presentation case - Highly impressive and high-status gift presentation
- Leather covered wooden box
- Special compartment for book
- Dimensions H13 x W28.5 x D34cm (closed)
Book with slip case - “Waterloo - The Decisive Victory” by Colonel Nick Lipscombe
Certificate - Individually numbered and hand-signed.
Limited Edition - Extremely exclusive & collectable
- Amber Root & 18ct Gold only 10 units world-wide
- Bruyere & Sterling Silver only 140 units worldwide
- Shell Briar & Sterling Silver only 150 units worldwide

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