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The White Spot

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Latest update September 10, 2018

Pipes Rough, sandblasted finishes
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.
Dunhill “White Spot” pipesThese 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.
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



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


Cumberland

This finish was introduced in 1980 and how beautiful it is. Rich, polished, oxblood-colour stain brings a glow to the deep sandblasted briar. And, I guess at the same time, a new, brown marbled colour vulcanite was developed to tone with the colour of the briar – they called it the “Cumberland” mouthpiece. In order to accommodate the stamping on a sandblasted pipe it is necessary to smooth and level the base of the stem. A benefit of this (possibly originally unintended) is that most sandblasted pipes, even the bents, are able to stand on their own.
Irrespective of shape, size or finish, all Dunhill pipes are of one quality only – the finest.

54-DHDPC3108 R4589.91 Proceed to Safeshop Cumberland 3108 Bent Rhodesian

Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipesThe light sandblasting shows the flame grain rising from the base of the bowl, interspersed with birdseye which continues on to the top, until it meets the polished rim. As with most sandblasted pipes, the smooth underside allows it to stand.

Year of Manufacture:    2013
Weight:                         38g
Inner Bowl Diameter:     19mm

Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 

54-DHDPC5102b R6652.85 Proceed to Safeshop Cumberland 5102b Bent Billiard

Dunhill Pipe Cumberland sandblast finishDescription:
This pipe is truly big, bold and beautiful; and Group 5 Dunhill White Spot pipes are not easy to come by.
The medium-deep sandblasting reveals the straight grain covering the bowl and shank.
The slight wider diameter bowl should encourage the burn to be full and easy – a delight to smoke.
As usual the overall Cumberland colouring is very easy on the eye.
Rests on its own.

Year of Manufacture:    2014
Weight:                         51g
Inner Bowl Diameter:    21mm                                                                         Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 

54-DHDPC4113 R5442.32 Proceed to Safeshop Cumberland 4113 Bent Apple

Dunhill Pipe Cumberland sandblast finishDescription:
I keep saying it: “This is a beautiful pipe.” It must have been a real pleasure to work on.
The gentle sandblasting brings to the surface plenty of flame grain around the bowl.
But as with most Cumberland pipes it is the matching of the colours on the two different surfaces that really pleases the eye and feel.
Rests on its own.

Year of Manufacture:    2015
Weight:                         42g
Inner Bowl Diameter:     20mm                                               Here you can see the pipe in detail


Shell Briar

Black sandblast, deep relief grain, only suitable for certain grains. “Shell briar” was the first sandblasted finish created by Dunhill in 1917. Over the years the availability of fine briar changed the depth of the sandblasting. The current pipes have the deep sandblasted finish which has proved the most popular. In order to accommodate the stamping on a sandblasted pipe it is necessary to smooth and level the base of the stem. A benefit of this (possibly originally unintended) is that most sandblasted pipes, even the bents, are able to stand on their own.
Irrespective of shape, size or finish, all Dunhill pipes are of one quality only – the finest.


54-DHDPS3111 Sorry, I'm sold!
Shell Briar 3111 Lovat

Dunhill Pipe Shell Briar sandblast finishDescription:
The medium to light sandblasting shows lots of hard briar.
The grain is mostly flame grain over the front and sides of the bowl, with matching birdseye on the near side.
The feel is gently rough inviting rubbing.
Bright black finish.

Year of Manufacture:     2014
Weight:                         29g
Inner Bowl Diameter:    19mm                                               Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 

54-DHDPS4102b R5094.30 Proceed to Safeshop Shell Briar 4102 Bent Billiard

Dunhill Pipe Shell Briar sandblast finishDescription:
Very light, shallow sandblasting indicates plenty of hard wood.
The grain is predominantly birdseye around the bowl, with cross grain towards the base of the bowl.
The feel is soft in the hand with a glowing black finish.
As with most Shell Briars, the polished underside allows the pipe to rest on its own.

Year of Manufacture:     2014
Weight:                         55g
Inner Bowl Diameter:    18mm

Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 

54-DHDPS5226 R6047.59 Proceed to Safeshop Shell Briar 5226 Hungarian

Dunhill Pipe Shell Briar sandblast finishDescription:
Another example of the “White Spot” artistry: making a large briar pipe still look elegant.
The proportions are perfect.
While this pipe does not stand vertically it does balance at an angle resting on the polished underside, propped up by the wide, flat mouthpiece.
The sandblasting shows mixed hardwood grain, nearly all birdseye.
The feel is gently rough but comfortable.

Year of Manufacture:     2013
Weight:                         56g
Inner Bowl Diameter:      20mm
Inner bowl depth:           50mm                                              Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 

 

Dunhill 54-DHDPS3110a R4231.80 Proceed to Safeshop Shell Briar 3110 Liverpool

Dunhill Pipe Shell Briar sandblast finishDescription:
A really good classic Liverpool shape.
Shallow light sandblasting indicates very hard wood..
The grain is mixed Crossgrain/Birdseye, soft to the touch with lovely glowing finish.

Year of Manufacture:     2014
Weight:                         32g
Inner Bowl Diameter:      19mm

Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 

54-DHDPS4204 R5094.30 Proceed to Safeshop Shell Briar 4204 Saddle Bulldog

Dunhill Pipe Shell Briar sandblast finish

Description:
Back in vogue a classic Bulldog, but since it is a shell pipe, it stands.
Shallow light sandblasting indicates good hard wood. The grain is Flame grain over most of the bowl.
The feel is soft in the hand with a glowing finish
The slightly forward angled bowl, directs smoke away from the face.
Dunhill metal tube option.

Year of Manufacture:     2015
Weight:                         34g
Inner Bowl Diameter:      18mm                                               Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 

54-DHDPS5109 Sorry, I'm sold!
Shell Briar 5109 Canadian

Dunhill Pipe Shell Briar sandblast finishDescription:
A rare find – this majestic Canadian pipe has medium to deep sandblasting with birdseye on both sides of the bowl, cross grain front and back, and very light for its size.
The shank is thicker than normal (deliberately, I would guess) which would make it less susceptible to cracking.
Yet it does not detract from the overall rugged elegance of this “special” pipe.

Year of Manufacture:     2016
Weight:                         45g
Inner Bowl Diameter:      19mm                                    Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 

54-DHDPS4105 R5094.30 Proceed to Safeshop Shell Briar 4105 Dublin
Not such a common shape, and a Dunhill touch is the raised rim of the bowl – really finishes off the elegant look.
Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipesBoth gentle and stronger sandblasting are used, to suit the grain, which is particularly beautiful on the front of the bowl.
Dunhill metal tube option
Light too for a Group 4

Year of Manufacture:     2011
Weight:                         32g
Inner Bowl Diameter:      18mm

Here you can see the pipe in detail



Shell Briar 4108 Bent RhodesianShell Briar 4108 Bent Rhodesian

One of my favourite shapes, a real handful, and so comfortable. Medium to deep sandblasting shows the distinctive flame grain pattern on the base and matching birdseye on the top.  And just consider the amount of handwork required to shape the mouthpiece from a vertical diamond shank to a flat bite; 5 panels have to be synchronised in perfect harmony.
Light for the amount of wood: 55g

54-DHDPS4108a Sorry, I'm sold!        

 

54-DHDPS4111a Sorry, I'm sold!
Shell Briar 4111 Lovat

Dunhill Pipe, Shell Briar sandblastDescription:
The medium to light sandblasting indicates plenty of hardwood.
The flame grain on the left and front of the bowl spreads out into birdseye on the right and near side.
The glowing black finish enhances the depth of the birdseye.
This is an outstanding pipe, really makes a statement – yet very light for its size.

Year of Manufacture:     2014
Weight:                         38g
Inner Bowl Diameter:      20mm                                  Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 



County
– The newest finish, a lighter modern, washed, deep tan colour which tones beautifully with the Cumberland mouthpiece. The extra buffing to achieve the “washed” look results in a satin-smooth finish to these sandblasted pipes. The contrast between the dark valleys and light ridges makes it easy to appreciate the grain. In order to accommodate the stamping on a sandblasted pipe it is necessary to smooth and level the base of the stem. A benefit of this (possibly originally unintended) is that most sandblasted pipes, even the bents, are able to stand on their own.
Irrespective of shape, size or finish, all Dunhill pipes are of one quality only – the finest.


54-DHDPZ3108a R4428.51 Proceed to Safeshop County Sandblast 3108 Bent Rhodesian

Dunhill Pipe County sandblast finishDescription:
The birdseye grain showing in the polished rim of the bowl confirms the straight grain patterns in the sandblasting over the whole bowl.
The brown colourings in both the bowl and the mouthpiece complement each other, adding to the elegance of this pipe
The pipe rests in a stand-alone position.

Year of Manufacture:     2016
Weight:                         41g
Inner Bowl Diameter:      19mm                            Here you can see the pipe in detail

 


Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipesCounty Sandblast 4135a Horn
This light and dark sandblasted really shows off the grain. The quality of the wood is apparent on the smooth rim of the bowl. And it’s good thick wood, ideal for outdoors. 42g
54-DHDPZ4135a R5442.32 Buy Now

Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 


54-DHDPZ4135b R5442.32 Proceed to Safeshop County Sandblast 4135 Horn

Dunhill Pipe County sandblast finishDescription:
The cross grains shown in both sides of the bowl are echoed in the flared grain displayed on the polished rim of the bowl.
As with all County pipes, the relatively deep sandblasting has been subdued to give a velvety smooth feel in the hand.
Much of the eye-catching elegance of the pipe comes from the matching of the colour tones in the bowl and the mouthpiece.
The pipe rests in a stand-alone position. 
The brand stamping “Dunhill” in a circle confirms the 10 year old date.

Year of Manufacture:     2008
Weight:                         34g
Inner Bowl Diameter:    19mm                                               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.

54-DHDPS4103f R5094.30 Buy Now Shell Briar 4103f Stubby Filter Billiard 9mm
Dunhill Pipe Shell Briar sandblast finish

Year of Manufacture:     2016
Weight:                            31g
Inner Bowl Diameter:     20mm

Here you can see the pipe in detail

 


54-DHDPS4106f R5094.30 Buy Now Shell Briar 4106f Stubby Filter Pot 9mm
Dunhill Pipe Shell Briar sandblast finish

 

Year of Manufacture:    2016
Weight:                          32g
Inner Bowl Diameter:    19mm

Here you can see the pipe in detail

Description
Dunhill “Stubby” filter pipes.
These two “Stubby” pipes are fine examples of the genius of the Alfred Dunhill’s “The White Spot” pipe craftsmen.
To convert a full size group 4 bowl into a “pocket” size pipe, while maintaining the elegance of a White Spot pipe, is no mean feat .
But look at them – stunning.
The balance in the hand and mouth is light and comfortable.
The Teflon peg allows for a 9 mm filter option. It also prevents inadvertently snapping the peg by sitting down with the pipe in the pocket.
Standard, superb sandblasting on both pipes – and both very light for the size of the bowl.
See also, The White Spot cigar humidors, cigar cases, cigar cutters, pouches and extras.  
    SMOOTH 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  

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011 7887413

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Shop 78 Somerset Mall

021 8511095


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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