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The White Spot

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Latest update October 19, 2017

Pipes
The durability and cool sweet smoking of the Alfred Dunhill pipe with its “White Spot” trademark are universally acclaimed. Made from the finest quality briar, the “Dunhill” represents more than 90 separate processes over a period of several months.
While there are checks and quality controls every step of the way, the final inspection before each pipe is released onto the market is made by only one person. An indication of the scarcity of fine briar to meet the standards demanded of a Dunhill “White Spot” pipe.
These standards ensure that each pipe will smoke perfectly from the start and, with proper care, will never lose its original sweetness. The flawless briars are perfect – no fills, no flaws, no pits; only 5 out of every 100 ebauchons entering the factory leave as a Dunhill.
Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipes
The mouthpiece of every Dunhill pipe is hand-cut from a solid rod of “Vulcanite” – the Dunhill name for a rubber compound which, although tough, is easy on the teeth and does not flavour/taint the smoke. In colour it may be Black, or Cumberland (marbled brown).
The Dunhill “White Spot” was the first pipe to carry a guarantee. That little white spot is still a symbol of perfection and style, and the guarantee still holds.
Dunhill pipes have an exceptionally long life and are in great demand as refurbished “estate” pipes. They are highly regarded as “Collectibles”.

Smooth finishes
Hand-polishing enhances the beauty of the natural grain giving the pipe bowl a lustre which only improves with age and usage

Root Briar Amber Root Bruyere Dress Chestnut
Root Briar Amber Root Bruyere Dress  Chestnut

Root Briar – A golden polished bowl which shows the flawless grain to perfection, Introduced in 1930. Black mouthpiece;
Amber Root – A warm glowing amber finish showing the contrasting grain in all its glory; Black mouthpiece;
Bruyere – Smooth, deep burgundy colour; the original finish which was introduced in 1910. Black mouthpiece;
Chestnut Briar -  A rich, deep walnut colour complemented by the Cumberland mouthpiece;
Dress – Sophisticated high polish black finish, embellished with a sterling silver band; Black mouthpiece;

Rough, sandblasted finishes
The bowls have had the soft wood on the surface sandblasted off. Any weak bowls shatter under this process. The survivors are remarkably tough and light. The shell briar is usually a little thinner-walled than its smooth counterpart, and may need a little more care in building up the carbon layer.

Shell Briar Cumberland County

Not pictured

Tanshell
Redbark

Shell Briar Cumberland County  

Shell Briar – Black sandblast, deep relief grain, only suitable for certain grains; 1917 Black mouthpiece;
Cumberland – 1980 The sandblasted bowl is stained a deep reddish brown, then polished to highlight the relief grain; finished with a brown marble Cumberland mouthpiece;
County – The newest finish, a lighter modern, washed, deep tan colour; Cumberland mouthpiece;
Tanshell - 1953 Light tan sandblasted bowl; colour deepens with smoking to a rich golden-brown; Black mouthpiece;
Red Bark – 1973 A sandblasted bowl stained a rich deep burgundy; Black mouthpiece

SHAPES:
Currently 25 shapes with 2-digit numbers. SHAPE CHART
Occasionally a piece of briar is just asking to be carved into a shape which is not in the standard list. The general term for such pipe shapes is “Quaint”.

So where are the Pipes?

SIZES:
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 Group 3 Medium
Group 4 Medium to Large Group 5 Large Group 6 Extra large

When we select pipes, we try to choose the larger pipes of each shape from each group

Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5
STAMPING:
The stamping tells the story:
Dunhill White Spot pipe stamp
Today each pipe is stamped with Alfred Dunhill’s The White Spot; the finish by name on the opposite side for smooth pipes
(or as above for rough) and a 4 digit number giving Size, Saddle/Taper mouthpiece, Shape number
For example:
3204: 3 = Group size; 2 = Saddle mouthpiece; 04 = Bulldog shape

Dunhill pipe stamp
Previously, each pipe was stamped with the Dunhill logo in a circle


AUTHORISED STOCKISTS of DUNHILL White Spot products  

JOHANNESBURG

Wesley’s Tobacconist

Rosebank Mall

011 788 7413

PRETORIA

Brooklyn Tobacconist

Brooklyn Mall

012 460 7781

SOMERSET WEST

Curiosity Hut

Shop 78 Somerset Mall

021 8511095

The pictures show specific pipes we are holding for you. The pipe you see is the pipe you will receive.

SMOOTH FINISHES ~ SANDBLAST FINISHES ~ CHRISTMAS PIPES
Dunhill Filter Pipes: Smooth / Rough

Sandblasted Finishes


Root Briar

Introduced in 1930, this is a light-golden polished bowl which shows the flawless grain to perfection. Used only for the most suitable briar and most beautiful grains.
Irrespective of shape, size or finish, all Dunhill pipes are of one quality only – the finest.




54-DHDPR2421 Root Briar; Group2 Zulu  (2009)Root Briar; Group Zulu  (2009)

This traditional shape has a relatively thick bowl, good for outdoors or windy conditions. Not too big, suitable for that shorter smoke (outdoors). The distribution of hard and soft wood creates a grain flaring up the bowl – perfect for the shape. (28g)
Here you can see the pipe in detail
54-DHDPR2421 Sorry, I'm sold!

Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipesRoot Briar 3109 Canadian
Not sure why this is a Group3 – we would have expected a Group 4 classification – which is one of the reasons we chose this pipe. Saves R1200.00. Other reasons are really good tight grain (see how even the dark patches are streaked with light wood), a sign of hard briar.
As expected – flawless. Well-balanced, relatively light at 35g
54-DHDPR3109 Sorry, I'm sold!
Here you can see the pipe in detail


Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipes
Root Briar 4208 Bent Rhodesian Saddle Stem
A rare design from Dunhill, this saddle stem bent Rhodesian. But that is not all that is rare – the bowl is slightly taller than usual, and the shank is round. You see, Dunhill pipes are handmade to suit the grain. The light finish shows off the lovely flame grain and birdseye on opposite sides of the bowl.
Lightweight too – only 41g.
54-DHDPR4208 Sorry, I'm sold!

Here you can see the pipe in detail



Dunhill Pipe Root Briar 4134 Brandy

Root Briar 4134 Brandy
The grain of this pipe should elevate the pipe to be labelled “Cognac” rather than Brandy.
A truly beautiful example of Dunhill craftsmanship at its best.

54-DHDPR4134 Sorry, I'm sold!
Here you can see the pipe in detail


Amber Root

Bowls for this relatively new finish appear to be selected for their especially beautiful grain; mostly Straight or Flame Grain.
Irrespective of shape, size or finish, all Dunhill pipes are of one quality only – the finest.


Dunhill Pipe Amber Root Group 3Amber Root; Group 3 Billiard (2001)

A fascinating grain – even mixture of crossgrain and birdseye. Just look at the lovely straight grain across the rim of the bowl. A beautifully proportioned billiard, light and elegant. (34g)

54-DHDPA3103aSorry, I'm sold!        Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 

Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipes

Amber Root 4108 Bent Rhodesian
Just look how the grain flames up from the base of the bowl, leading to a fine birdseye on the reverse on the top of the bowl. Sharp rings divide the two sections. 55g
54-DHDPA4108 Sorry, I'm sold!       Here you can see the pipe in detail



Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipes
Amber Root 4124 Square Panel Billiard
Labelled “Square panel” it may be, and the shank certainly is. But the inner bowl is perfectly round, as it should be, and the “corners” of the bowl have been rounded for comfort.
And it stands! Beautifully light for a smooth pipe of this size – only 41g
54-DHDPA4124 Sorry, I'm sold!       Here you can see the pipe in detail

 


Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipes



Amber Root 4226 Hungarian

Simply stunning – close birdseye over the sides of the bowl matches the cross-grain on the rim, front and back of the bowl. 38g
54-DHDPA4226 Sorry, I'm sold!      Here you can see the pipe in detail


 




Dunhill Pipe
Amber Root; Group 5 Billiard (2001)

A solid billiard – the slightly thicker shank lends an air of sturdiness to the pipe yet the proportions are maintained. As usual the pipe was carved to suit the grain – like a flame it flares from under the bowl and shank and flickers up to the rim.  (51g)Here you can see the pipe in detail

54-DHDPA5103 Sorry, I'm sold!

 


Bruyere

The original finish from Dunhill – and the pipes are so smooth to the feel, more so than any other finish. The rich high-polished burgundy colour softens to a satin glow as the pipe is smoked; and over time the fine grain appears as if out of the shadows.
Irrespective of shape, size or finish, all Dunhill pipes are of one quality only – the finest.


Dunhill Pipe Bruyere 2102 Bent Billiard

Bruyere 2102 Bent Billiard
For the smoker who prefers a smaller pipe, this is a perfect model, in a smaller scale. And yet the bowl offers plenty of tobacco capacity for a shorter smoke.

54-DHDPB2102 Sorry, I'm sold!
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Dunhill White Spot Bruyere PipeBruyere 2202 Group 2 Saddle Bent

A small pipe, but not a “Dinky”. A serious pipe with enough room in the bowl for a satisfying short smoke, and enough wood in the shank for strength;  sturdy and well-balanced. Weight 32g

54-DHDPB2202 R5395.00 Buy Now       Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 



Dunhill White Spot Bruyere PipeBruyere 3101 Group 3 Apple

We bought this with you in mind – a compact pipe for when time is short. Excellent for carrying around too, sturdy shank and bowl. Lighter staining shows plenty of well-distributed hard wood. Weight 32g

54-DHDPB3101 Sorry, I'm sold!       Here you can see the pipe in detail



Dunhill White Spot Bruyere PipeBruyere 3105 Group 3 Dublin

The elegant proportions of this pipe make it look exceptionally light – and it is: only 29g. We spoke in a previous article about the demand for smaller-bowled pipes, and this is one of three we found at the Dunhill White Spot warehouse in June 2014.

54-DHDPB3105 Sorry, I'm sold!       Here you can see the pipe in detail

 


Dunhill White Spot Bruyere PipeBruyere 4102 Group 4 Classic taper Bent

The same number as 4102b, but there are slight differences in the actual shape.
(Can you spot the differences? No prizes.)
Every White Spot pipe is hand crafted to suit the original ebauchon. I would guess that the block in this case was slightly more square, requiring an increased degree of bend and a shorter shank. Weight 54g due to the extra wood in the shank and the base of the bowl.
No two pipes are identical, which is why we prefer to personally select every Dunhill White Spot we buy.

54-DHDPB4102a Sorry, I'm sold!       Here you can see the pipe in detail

 


Dunhill White Spot Bruyere Pipe

 

Bruyere 4102 Group 4 Classic taper Bent
Classic, beautifully proportioned bent. The staining is a little lighter than in older models, and in the shadows you can see good tight grain. Good size bowl, slightly large for a Group 4. But at 44g it is even lighter than a similar size sandblasted shell briar.

54-DHDPB4102b Sorry, I'm sold!      Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 


Dunhill White Spot Bruyere PipeBruyere 4103 Group 4 Classic taper Billiard

It looks perfectly proportioned - however, if you compare it with some other 4103shapes it is slightly chunkier. The stockier bowl required a shorter, thicker mouthpiece to maintain the visual balance.
Less wood in the shank? Lower weight of the pipe – 42g

54-DHDPB4103b Sorry, I'm sold!

 




Bruyere; Group 4 Horn (2008)
The bowl is thickly wooded, and not too big inside – perfect for outdoors. The shape, with its clean lines, is particularly comfortable in the hand. Because of all the wood, the overall weight is 47g

54-DHDPB4135 R7195.00       Here you can see the pipe in detail

Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipes
Bruyere 5103 Classic Billiard with oval stem

No doubt this was meant to be a classic billiard, but the stem just asked to be oval – so it is. It adds a touch of lightness to this large-bowled pipe, and a touch of comfort to the feel.
54-DHDPB5103b Sorry, I'm sold!

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Dunhill White Spot Bruyere PipeBruyere 5103 Group 5 Classic Billiard

Even lighter staining than usual. Do you think this was deliberate? It certainly highlights the abundance of straight grain over much of the bowl, with a few interruptions on one side.
As always with the pipes we select from Alfred Dunhill Ltd’s White Spot range: perfect cure, perfect finish, perfect proportions, perfect fit; all leading to a perfect smoke.

54-DHDPB5103c R8650.00 Buy Now       Here you can see the pipe in detail


Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipes
Bruyere 5203 Classic Billiard with saddle stem
What do you do when you have a perfect piece of briar, a large piece with plenty of hard wood, but the shank is too short for perfect proportions? Fit a saddle mouthpiece so that the step forms the desired triangle together with  top and foot of bowl. Lightweight too – only 47g
54-DHDPB5203 R8650.00 Proceed to Safeshop       Here you can see the pipe in detail

Bruyere 5213 Bent Apple
Perfect proportions between bowl rim and shank and the carefully selected degree of bend in the saddle mouthpiece completes the balance of this pipe. Excellent balance in hand and mouth.

54-DHDPB5213 Sorry, I'm sold!
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Dunhill Pipe Bruyere 5213 Bent Apple

 


Chestnut Briar

A rich, deep walnut colour complemented by the Cumberland mouthpiece – it was introduced in 1983 to to commemorate the closing of the Cumberland Road warehouse. The same stain and stem material as used on the Cumberland, but on a smooth bowl. Like the Bruyere, the finish is smooth to the feel and will lighten in time to show off the grain, which is usually cross-grain top and bottom with birdseye on the sides of the bowl.
Irrespective of shape, size or finish, all Dunhill pipes are of one quality only – the finest.

Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipes
Chestnut 3102 Bent Billiard, taper stem
Just discernable through the rich brown finish is tight birdseye
around most of the bowl with matching crossgrain under the shank. 33g
54-DHDPN3102a
Sorry, I'm sold!

Here you can see the pipe in detail



Dunhill Pipe Amber Root 4102b Bent Billiard

Chestnut Group 3 3202 Bent Billiard

Perfect proportions with the end of the shank lining up with the rim of the bowl.
Glimpses of flame grain on the bowl. The saddle mouthpiece creates the appearance of “lightness” to this solid pipe.

54-DHDPN3202 R5995.00 Proceed to Safeshop
Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 


ALFRED DUNHILL’S “THE WHITE SPOT” PIPES WITH 9MM FILTER OPTION

Dunhill Filter Pipes:
The 9mm filter option is a new offering from Dunhill.
Filtering”  is one benefit with this pipe, but the bigger benefit is that to house the 9mm adapter, or filter, the peg is made of Teflon.
The Teflon peg is very smooth for easy removing and reinserting and it is virtually “unsnappable”.
Read about the “downside” too.        

Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipesBruyere 4103F Billiard with 9mm option
The colour is a little lighter than on most Bruyere finish pipes. Possibly because it’s easy to see the really good tight grain, plenty of hard wood. Pretty too, fine birdseye front and back, side panels of crossgrain.
9mm filter option, adapter supplied.
54-DHDPB4103F Sorry, I'm sold!
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Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipes
Chestnut 4103F Billiard with 9mm option

A nice sturdy pipe, well-proportioned and well-balanced. The grain and colour are carefully chosen to segue into the matching mouthpiece.
9mm filter option, adapter supplied.
54-DHDPN4103F Sorry, I'm sold!

Here you can see the pipe in detail

See also, The White Spot cigar humidors, cigar cases, cigar cutters, pouches and extras
    SANDBLAST FINISHES ~ CHRISTMAS PIPES

The Dunhill White Spot Certificate of Guarantee

Your Alfred Dunhill pipe is guaranteed against faults in materials and workmanship for a period of 24 months from the date of purchase. Your Alfred Dunhill pipe will be repaired and any defective components will be replaced free of charge, or a refund will be made, provided that the fault falls within the terms of this Guarantee.

Damage and/or defects caused by fair wear and tear, accidents, use which is unreasonable or inconsistent with Alfred Dunhill’s instructions, dismantling, or repair by persons other than authorised Alfred Dunhill repair specialists, or the use of components or accessories other than those recommended by Alfred Dunhill, are not covered by this Guarantee.

This Guarantee is only valid provided that the completed Certificate of Guarantee is returned with your pipe to your nearest Alfred Dunhill shop or authorised dealership.

Please note that your rights under this guarantee are subject to your compliance with Alfred Dunhill’s instructions as set out in this booklet. Please read the instructions carefully.

This Guarantee is additional to your statutory rights.


AUTHORISED STOCKISTS of DUNHILL White Spot products  

JOHANNESBURG

Wesley’s Tobacconist

Rosebank Mall

011 788 7413


Refund Policy (Website customers - you’ll like this!)
Because we always guarantee our products – anything that isn’t completely to your satisfaction can be returned (in original condition and packaging) for a full refund.

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