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Understanding the differences between pipes built in Mansell Street, Prescott Street and Grosvenor Street is an exciting challenge, as well as being able to spot the difference between a pipe that has the "£" Lane stamp, but belongs to the period 1955-1960 (when Lane was simple importer for the USA) from a pipe that has the "£" but it belongs to the next period (when Lane becomes the owner of the brand).
As a matter of fact, the year of the Dunhill take over, many of those masters decided to leave the factory in order to establish their own business.
With this article, therefore, I will try to shed light, hoping to provide a useful reference tool for enthusiasts. 36-46 of Volume 7, Number 4 - Winter 2003 , the notes and memories of Mrs.
I want to dedicate this first article to the newborn forum D: O. N., even considering the 'British' print that my friend Claudio wanted for it as a new incarnation of A. Ivy Ryan , the book "The Ultimate Pipe Book" by Richard Carleton Hacker , the book "Twenty Catalogs from 5 English Pipe Makers" by John C. The spark of inspiration for dating Charatans arrived one day a few years ago, while I met Mario Lubinski who had acquired a very huge stock of Charatan pipes from every era.
This first era was from 1863 until 1910, when Frederick decided to leave the factory to his son Rueben.
Reuben continued to produce very high quality pipes for many years, as his father had before him.
I realized early on that the articles listed above were not exhaustive, and also showed inconsistencies and contradictions.