Dunhill shell dating
I was told by the seller, whom I trust, and is a friend, that it might be from 1941-42.I checked John Loring's book and he states that in the absence of a circled group stamp, which began in 1951 it more than likely was made between 1942-1951. It is a Shell with the following nomenclature: LB, Dunhill Shell, Made in England, Patent No.417574/34, S The "S" is stamped on its side just at the shank and stem juncture. There is a short horizontal line stamp between the stamping and the "S", as if there intended to be a date code, but no suffix.
"own design" - Denotes a pipe designed by the customer and carved to order. NOTE: For the years 1925-34 other patent numbers were sometimes used in place of 116989/17.Look for a serial number on the bottom of your Rollagas lighter.If the number is there, the lighter was made in the 1970s or later.Is there a way to pin down a single year based upon the present nomenclature? Lou I consulted Dave's guide as well as Pipephil (Loring's book is pretty much the definitive source) and as far as I can tell it was made between 1941-1950. No, the slash is like so: /34 I saw that too in Mr. I still think it can be placed in an earlier scope such as 1942 - 1950. Loring's, and Dave Field's guides that the /34 stamp was first used in 1942, so it could have been made as early as '42 but had to have been made prior to 1951.
I was hoping there was a way to pin down a single year based upon the stamping but I think it cannot be done with any certainty.
1926-34: As above but with annual change of suffix number 6(1926) 7(1927) 8(1928) 9(1929) 0(1930) 11(1931) 12(1932) 13(1933) 14(1934).