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Like many other companies Hardcastle was a traditional family pipe business. In 1946 Alfred Dunhill bought the shares turning Hardcastle into a 100% Dunhill subsidiary. But untill 1967 family management of the company retained a certain independence. This pipe was made most probably between 1946 and 1967: the stamping is still arched but words "British made" are already replaced with "London made". The pipe is beautiful, shining, collectable and can be smoked with a great pleasure!
The pipe markings are "HARDCASTLE'S \ LONDON MADE", "REJECT". The length is 15.0 cm, bowl's hight is 5.5 cm. External and internal diameters of the bowl are 3.4 cm and 2.0 cm. The depth is 4.7 cm and this pipe weights 42 gr. Briar, vulcanite stem, no filter . The chamber has been protected with the break in paste.