News Dunhill Town Musicians of Bremen & Montgolfier

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News Dunhill Town Musicians of Bremen & Montgolfier

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Product News 2021-2 3 KSH, October 2021

Some of the best-known fairy tales known were collected,
written down and finally published by the German brothers
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm at the beginning of the 19th
Among the stories thus popularized in written form to a
national and international audience were, among others,
Hansel & Gretel, The Frog King, The Wolf and the Seven
Kids, Rapunzel, The Brave Little Tailor, Cinderella, Mother
Holle, Little Red Cap, Sleeping Beauty, Little Snow White,
Rumpelstiltskin, and Hans in Luck.
One of the popular folk tales with a distinct socio-critical
storyline is The Town Musicians of Bremen, first published
in Grimms' Fairy Tales in 1819.
It is the story of four aging animals - a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster - who, after suffering
through many years of hard labour for their human masters, decide to run away in order to
become town musicians in the free city of Bremen.
During their journey towards Bremen, they encounter a group of bandits. They succeed to occupy
the bandit’s house, to chase the bandits away and finally decide not to continue to Bremen and to
become town musicians …
… but to stay together and to live in that house happily ever after for the rest of their days.


Conceptualised by Mlle. Léopoldine Favre, a young friend of the brand from Paris, the Town
Musicians of Bremen pipes have been created and manufactured as the second series of limited
edition pipes based on the stories and folk tales of the Grimm brothers.
The Town Musicians of Bremen pipe is a very elegant Pot shape in Group 3 (3106). It is fitted
with an engraved Sterling silver rim mount and band and each pipe is accompanied by a solid
Sterling Silver tamper showing in finest detail the 4 animal friends forming a pyramid.
The highly collectable The Town Musicians of Bremen pipes & tampers are presented in a
prestigious leather bound book and come with a numbered and hand-signed limited edition
This series is strictly limited to world-wide only 101 pipes:
- 1 pipe in Amber Root (not for sale)
- 20 pipes in Bruyere
- 20 pipes in Chestnut
- 30 pipes in Cumberland
- 30 pipes in Shell Briar
The unique Amber Root version is not for sale as it is being presented with our compliments and
appreciation to the young lady from Paris who approached us with the original idea and concept
proposal for a The Town Musicians of Bremen pipe edition.
The other No.1 editions are, as always, not for sale and will be kept in our White Spot archive.
World-wide launch October 2021.


The brothers Montgolfier, both born in Annonay in
southern France, were French paper manufacturers by
profession but became famous as the inventors of the hot
air balloon and aviation pioneers.
Joseph-Michel Montgolfier (1740-1810) and JacquesÉtienne Montgolfier (1745-1799) are historically best
known as inventors of the Montgolfière-style hot air
balloon, the globe aérostatique.
During 1782, Joseph-Michel had observed embers lifting from a fire into the air, which gave him
the idea for an experiment. He constructed a box with a volume of approximately 1.3m3
, made
from very light wood and covered on 5 sides with taffeta fabric, but leaving the bottom side open;
when he lit it from below with crumbled paper as a heat source, the box lifted into the air until it
hit the ceiling of the room.
Encouraged by this first successful experiment, he contacted his brother Jacques-Étienne.
Together, they built a much larger box, 27 times greater in volume. On 14 December 1782 they
did the test flight, using hay and wool for the fire, and this box flew almost for two kilometers.
To claim their invention the brothers decided to leave obscurity and to go public.
They changed the construction to a globe-shaped balloon made from sackcloth and layers of paper, with a volume of nearly 790 m³ (28,000 ft3
) of air
and a weight of 225 kg (500 lb). On 4 June 1783, they flew the balloon
at their hometown of Annonay in front of a group of dignitaries. The flight
covered 2 km (1.2 mi), lasted 10 minutes, and had an estimated altitude of
1,600-2,000 m (5,200-6,600 ft). The news of this spectacular endeavour
quickly spread to Paris … and to the French Royal court.
Enlisting the support of the wealthy wallpaper manufacturer Jean-Baptiste
Réveillon, Jacques-Étienne built an impressive 1,060 m3
(37,500-cubicfoot) balloon held in sky blue colour, attractively decorated with golden
patterns, Zodiac signs, and suns. The king himself had originally suggested to test this flight with
two convicted criminals as passengers, but on 11 September the balloon was launched in Paris
from the grounds of la Folie Titon, close to Réveillon's factory, first without any passengers.

On 19 September 1783, the Aérostat Réveillon was launched from the royal palace in Versailles in
front of King Louis XVI of France, Queen Marie Antoinette and the royal court. To test the effect
of the higher atmospheres on living creatures, the balloon carried the first living passengers: a
sheep named Mont-au-ciel (engl. “Climb-to-the-sky”), a duck, and a rooster. The flight lasted
approximately eight minutes, covered three kilometres (2 miles), and obtained an altitude of about
460m (1,500 ft) after which it safely landed.
As the animals had survived this flight unscathed, the king now
authorised flights with humans. For this purpose, Jacques-Étienne
built in collaboration with Réveillon a 1,700 m3
(60,000 ft3
) balloon,
about 21m (70 feet) tall and 14m (46 feet) in diameter. Réveillon
supplied the paper with rich decorations of gold figures on a blue
background, including fleur-de-lis and the 12 zodiac signs in the
upper section, suns with Louis XVI's face in the centre interlaced
with the royal monogram in the central section and red & blue
drapery and golden eagles at the base of the balloon.
On 15 October 1783, Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier was the first
human to lift off earth in a tethered test flight. Thus, the age of
human flight had started.
On 21 November 1783, the first free flight by humans was made
by the physicist Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, together with an army officer, the Marquis
François Laurent d'Arlandes.
In 1983, the Montgolfier brothers were inducted into the
International Air & Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.


The limited edition Montgolfier pipes have been created and manufactured to pay homage to the
Montgolfier brothers, inform about their invention of the hot-air balloon and to celebrate the first
confirmed human flight by Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier on 15 October 1783.
The Montgolfier pipe is a classic Apple shape in Group 4 (4101) - reminiscent of the shape of a
balloon. It is fitted with an engraved Sterling silver band and each pipe is accompanied by a
solid, weighty Sterling Silver tamper showing in finest detail a practical interpretation of the
Aérostat Réveillon.
The highly collectable Montgolfier pipes & tampers are presented in a prestigious leather-bound
book and come with a numbered and hand-signed limited edition certificate.
This series is strictly limited to world-wide only 100 pipes:
- 18 pipes in Root Briar
- 40 pipes in County
- 42 pipes in Shell Briar
The No.1 editions are, as always, not for sale and will be kept in our White Spot archive. 


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