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Frederick's production, that should be properly be named 'Charatan's Make' (and not simply Charatan), had an immediate impact.
He started in a small workshop in Mansell Street and then moved to Prescott Street, both in London.
The final goal is to be able to publish photos of the many freehand styles, reporting accurately (as far as you can in a virtual context, as an example of an objective analysis should be done with the original pipe in hand , and not showing the reader a simple photo) how to recognize the work of different "master carvers".
Other interesting notes can be added about "micro-details" that can be traced back to changes in the eras.
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.
He characterized the production by ceaselessly improving even the smallest detail of the pipes that were already considered an absolute reference point.
From a first Dunhill era dating 1977-1981 where the pipe production continued in the original factory based in Grosvenor Street.In 1960 Reuben died and his wife immediately decided to sell the company and it was purchased by Lane Limited.At the beginning Lane decided to leave everything unchanged concerning production and workers.Moreover I noticed that Charatan has never been a producer similar to other British factories.The very first comparison was represented by Dunhill, that had always produced pipes characterised by a maniacal desire for consistency and quality control. The imprint left by its various managements, until the '80s, was to commission the creation of new pipes to "master carvers" with individual characteristics in their work.