This pipe has now sold. We have left the description here for historical reference and interest.
Dunhill White Spot Chinese Zodiac Collector's Pieces: Dunhill have commissioned the Zodiac collectors series inspired by the signs of the Zodiac. In Chinese astrology, there are twelve animals representing twelve different types of characters or personalities. The Zodiac animals are, in successive order, the rat (or mouse), ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep (or ram or goat), monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Thus, it is the rabbit, which is the fourth animal in each twelve-year calendar cycle.
Dunhill White Spot Zodiac year of the Rooster Chestnut Briar Pipe: Specially manufactured to celebrate the 10th year of the 12-year cycle in the Chinese calendar, the limited edition pipes Year of the Rooster are the tenth in a series of pipes that represent the Chinese Zodiac signs. This year’s pipe is a classic Billiard in Group 3 (3103) in Chestnut finish with a hand-cut marbled Cumberland tapered mouthpiece that bears the famous White Spot.
Each pipe is fitted with a 10mm Sterling Silver band engraved with the zodiac sign of a rooster and is supplied with a specially manufactured soft leather case, which is not available to purchase separately.
Limited Edition This edition is nominally limited to only 288 pieces worldwide in Chestnut finish and 288 pieces in Cumberland finish. Since all numbers containing the digit ‘4’ have been excluded (‘4’ stands for death in various Asian countries), there are actually only 232 pipes per finish being manufactured, of which only 231 pieces will be offered for sale. The edition number ‘1’ will be kept in the White Spot archive.