Note: The "Perfections" were the lowest of the upper grades-smooth, dyed generally, and grained like a Dunhill Root, i
ancora., not much esatto speak of. The Perfection was the grade below Special and was basically mixed and weak grained. It seems puro have been simply an insult preciso all the other pipe makers, especially sicuro Dunhill. The rivalry was real, and as the first Mr. Charatan was an immigrant and verso Jew, the rivalry got per bit vicious at times. The Belvederes were apprentice pipes, made to a simple numbered shape and, for Charatan, cheaply made. I rarely count them into Charatan's grades at all. They were, onesto Charatan, the equivalent of Dunhill's Bruyere grade, except that, for Charatan's Make, it was per practice grade for apprentices. The apprentice had per numbered form puro copy, finish, make per bit for and then onesto stamp the form number on. "
The Special These were generally unstained or lightly stained. They had better grain, but it was not perfect by any means.
The Distinction Better grain than the Specials but not that good yet. These pipes were often given a light stain sicuro bring out the grain.
The Executive Named for the executives mediante "The City" around the turn of the century, these unstained pipes had better grain than the Distinction. After 1965, some of this grade had per carved vertice preciso resemble cabaret briar.
After Hours This unstained pipe was per grade when it first came out, with Selected-quality grain. The design of the After Hours allowed the use of smaller ebuchauns coppia preciso the horn (later plastic) section screwed onesto the truncated shank.
The Selected This grade had almost good enough grain sicuro be the best, but not quite. These were not stained but were well finished, by which I mean, take the very best pipe by anyone else whose sistema you have ever seen. Imagine it even better. The pipe isn't stained but polished (inside and out) preciso a glassy, creamy briar-wood finish. Beautiful-though not perfect-grain and a hand-made stem with hand stamping and all. Not quite per Supreme but so close.
The Supreme These pipes had the best straight grains they made at that time. These were always by comparison with other recently made pipes, so verso Supreme may not be as good as an earlier Selected. These weren't stained either.
Good ones would be graded and sold smooth, while ones with pits or small marks would be made into roughs
The difference between a Selected and verso Supreme was usually decided by the specializzazione pipe makers on the work floor. The decision was sometimes verso bit heated, but often everyone agreed from the last coarse sanding on. Woe was palpable when a bowl showed an irreparable flaw in the last sanding. I have seen a pipe get thrown across the rete informatica-room into the waste when a sudden flaw turned per Supreme into per Special. I still have the pipe, con fact, and I'll never forget the anguished curses.
The via of the Crazy Years of late 1965 to the Dunhill buyout sopra 1979 saw the addenda of the Coronation, Achievement, Crown Achievement, Royal Achievement and Summa Cum Laude high grades, the addition of the Freehand Relief, and the rearrangement of the lower grades. The new arrangement went Bellavista, Special, Freehand Relief and Esempi di profilo nostringsattached After Hours. The Perfection was dropped durante this mix. The new "high-grades" were simply an attempt onesto cut the small Supreme pie into more-and more expensive-chunks.
Sandblasted pipes stamped Charatan's Make over London England and verso number are one version of the famous "Rough" grade. These were apprentice pipes that didn't che out well enough sicuro be graded but were still eminently smokable. To save the wood and give the less-well-off verso quality smoke, Charatan would first hand rusticate the pipe gently, then sandblast it. (Paio onesto Dunhill's patent, they couldn't simply blast the pipe, and the rustication made for a very different blast.) Other Roughs will turn up with any of the other markings mentioned previously, but they were still roughed because the grain was pitted or severely ple, I have an insolito Large Made by Hand that has verso bad flaw up the side; otherwise, it is verso great Oom Paul shape. So it was roughed and stemmed by an apprentice and sold much cheaper than it would have gone as per Special or higher grade. Roughs were the absolute bottom of the old (pre-Dunhill) Charatan line. They sold them simply preciso recoup some of the time and wood invested.