I don’t have many Dunhill shapes on my “Holy Grail” list. However the Shape 120, Bent Billiard was placed on their last year. I would love to own a shape LC, but they are rare, frighteningly expense and in many cases damaged due to the thin shank design. The Shape 120, while not as graceful, is the next best thing and much more available and affordable. While I wasn’t actively seeking a birth year Dunhill, this 1961 Shell pipe came up on Ebay and I was fortunate to win the auction. My 54th birthday is in a few days, so the timing was good. This was a Shell model with tapered stem and in terrific condition. The Group 4 size, at 50 grams was also perfect for my tastes.
The Dunhill LC shape, from the Loring Dunhill pipe pages.
The pipe was in excellent shape, requiring only removal of the slight cake and I did the alcohol and sea salt soak. The stem fitment is excellent but someone rounded the edges slightly. There were a few teeth abrasions on the bottom side which were removed with 2000 grit wet paper, micromesh and then buffed lightly with White Diamond rouge followed by plastic polish.
Below is the finished pipe, which my wife has stashed away for several days until my actual birthday arrives.