While the timing and exact nature of the early relationship remains a bit of mystery, Parker was destined to eventually merge with Hardcastle when in 1935 Dunhill opened a new pipe factory next door to Hardcastle, and purchased 49% of the company shares in 1936.In 1946, the remaining shares of Hardcastle were obtained, but it was not until 1967 when Parker-Hardcastle Limited was formed. It’s been ten years and it’s time, time to find The One.It’s either that or buy a fetching habit and veil and abandon the whole thing.However, at least some pipes were stamped with the non-possessive as early as 1936.
Parker was not a government approved pipe manufacturer, while Dunhill and Hardcastle were.
Only those that somehow made it to the end finishing process before becoming "failings" enjoy significant Dunhill characteristics, and this likely represents very few Parker pipes.
After the war, and especially after the mid 1950s the differences between Parker and Dunhill became even more evident, and with the merger of Parker with Hardcastle Pipe Ltd, in 1967 the Parker pipe must be considered as an independent product.
During the war years Parker manufactured the "Wunup" pipe made of bakelite and clay.
A Parker pipe with a 19 date code has been reported, indicating there was perhaps some production of briar pipes as well, but no dating record.
This was prior to stoving, curing, carving, bit work and finishing.