This pipe has been snapped up by one lucky customer, we have left this here for historical reference and interest
Alfred Dunhill The challenge of a Dunhill history is to separate myth and legend from the history. This however, may be impossible. The story of Alfred Dunhill is so tied up with myth that the myths are now part of the history. Alfred opened a small factory of his own in 1910. He set down two principles that would guide the production of Dunhill Pipes. First, pipes would be made of only the finest quality briar, with exacting care by expert craftsmen. Secondly, the pipes would be priced accordingly; the customer would recognize the value of a superior product. This ran counter to the current trend of inexpensive pipes of poor quality that one simply discarded after a short while. The Dunhill pipe was made to last a lifetime and always with an eye to utility. It must smoke well and continue to do so with age.
Alfred Dunhill White Spot In 1915, the famous white spot was introduced for very practical concerns. With straight pipes, customers had trouble knowing which way to insert the handmade vulcanite mouthpieces. So Alfred Dunhill ordered white spots to be placed on the upper side of the stem. This very practical solution would become a definitive trademark of Dunhill pipes. The “white spot” soon became known as a symbol of quality.
Chestnut Briar Pipes Introduced in 1983 to commemorate the closing of the Cumberland Road warehouse. Dunhills darkest walnut stain is used to great effect. Similar to the Cumberland stain but the Chestnut range are smooth bowls. A great deal of skill and craftsmanship goes into the creation of each pipe, with each block of briar going through a painstaking process of 90 different stages before finally being given the white spot.
Dunhill Size Groupings
Although scarcity of fine briar has always necessitated the pricing of Dunhill according to the amount of root employed in their manufacture, it is important to remember that, irrespective of size and price, they are of one quality only – the finest. The bowls are sorted into 6 groups.
Group 1 Small
Group 2 Medium to small Group 3 Medium Group 4 Medium to Large Group 5 Large
Group 6 Extra large