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The next 100 years passed relatively uneventfully until, in 1893, 21-year-old Alfred Dunhill took over his father's business, which sold horse leathers, saddlery and accessories for carriages in the Euston Road, London.Although he had served an apprenticeship in harness-making and travelled with a pony and cart selling carriage blinds, Alfred was quick to abandon horse traction for motor cars as soon as the 1896 Locomotives on Highways Act raised the national speed limit from 4mph (with a red flag man walking in front) to a slightly less restrictive 12mph.Latest addition to the range is the D-type watch, whose profile is inspired by that of the Le Mans-winning 1950s Jaguar: no doubt it will eventually find its way into the Dunhill Museum alongside the "MC" pipe designed by Speed king Sir Malcolm Campbell and smoked by King George VI.And did you know that when Donald Campbell's body was recovered from Lake Coniston, they found a Dunhill lighter in his pocket?ASR, Colibri, Dunhill, Dupont, Evans, Negbaur, MTC, Rolstar, Ronson, Rowenta, Zippo and many others... You will also find books, catalogs, patents and magazine advertisements on lighters!

The alfresco nature of pioneer motoring was emphasised by such garments as "Umbrella Coats" and "Dunhill's Patent Freer Apron, the most perfect form of Motor Apron yet introduced...These arose from an unfortunate encounter in 1903 between Alfred and the notorious Portsmouth Road police speed trap along the Fairmile at Cobham, Surrey, when he was timed at an alleged 22mph by a police sergeant who refused to take a statement in Dunhill's favour from a witness because his tea was getting cold.Smarting from the £1 fine imposed on him at Kingston-on-Thames Magistrates' Court, Dunhill did his best to keep fellow motorists out of the courts, offering "speed indicators of every make for motor cars" and "tell-tales for back lamps", for a common cause of prosecution in the early days was that the oil rear lamp had blown out.Elaborate picnic sets and foot-warmers – in fact "everything for the tour", including portable baths for use on the Continent – took over.As did watches and lighters for the Bright Young Things whose style icon, the Prince of Wales, was a dedicated Dunhill customer at a new shop in Duke Street in the heart of West End clubland, where a monocled and morning-suited manager attended to a client list that included Winston Churchill, Noel Coward, Somerset Maugham, PG Wodehouse and Ivor Novello.

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