< Alfred Dunhill White Spot County Briar Pipes

Alfred Dunhill White Spot County Group 4 Silver Mount (WS00011198)

QTY Price
Single Gift Boxed Briar Pipe £395.00

  • Overall Length: 154mm
  • Overall Height: 96mm
  • Bowl Height: 67mm
  • Bowl Diameter: 31mm
  • Bore: 19mm
  • Weight: 27g
  • Solid Silver Band
  • Deluxe Presentation Box

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.

County Briar Pipes
First Introduced in 1986 the County pipe is stained a light brown colour to enhance the sandblasted finish. This lighter stain really brings out the grain of the sandblasted pipe. The mouthpieces are a contrasting colour often know as Cumberland or brindle stems. When a pipe is sandblasted it is really in the hands of the gods as to how the grain of the briar will come through. This is what makes a sandblasted pipe so superior to a rusticated briar, the end result is down to nature. The advantage of a sandblasted pipe is that you get a much bigger surface area which will quickly disperse the heat giving you a cooler smoke.

Dunhil 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