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Latest update June 16, 2017

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.

Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipesCumberland 3108 Bent Rhodesian
The 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. 43g
54-DHDPC3108 R4550.00 Proceed to Safeshop

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Cumberland 5102 Group 5 Classic taper BentCumberland 5102 Group 5 Classic taper Bent
Just feel this pipe: light for its size (51g) partly due to the exceptional balance; and the texture of the rippled grain on the bowl just asks to be stroked, partly due to the careful and gentle sandblasting. A really beautiful piece of wood, beautifully finished. The toning mouthpiece has always offered a complementary touch to the Cumberland pipe.

54-DHDPC5102a R6595.00 Buy Now       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.


Dunhill Pipe Shell Briar sandblast finish

Shell Briar sandblast finish; Group 2 Liverpool (2009)
A beautifully light pipe (24g) – a billiard bowl with the elegant extended round shank. 4g of the weight is in the mouthpiece, so the pipe has exceptional balance – amazing feeling. Relatively deep sandblasted grain.

54-DHDPS2110 Sorry, I'm sold!

 


Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipes

Shell Briar 3102 Bent Billiard, taper stem
Perfect proportions. Distinct birds-eye and crossgrain in deep relief. 
Very light,33g

54-DHDPS3102 R4195.00
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Shell Briar 3108 Bent RhodesianShell Briar 3108 Bent Rhodesian

Group 3, and yet plenty of room in the bowl. The grain shows the usual flame grain around the base of the bowl, and birdseye on the top, except in this case there is a little flame grain creeping over one edge – every pipe is unique. 42g of comfort and beauty!

54-DHDPS3108a  R4195.00 Buy Now         Here you can see the pipe in detail

 


Shell Briar 3421 Zulu Shell Briar 3421 Zulu

Feels great in the hand – the angle between shank and bowl is just right. The word “elegant” comes to mind. The sandblasting too has a lovely feel, and shows up the distinctive grain. Good size for a Group 3. Very lightweight – only 30g,

54-DHDPS3421 R4195.00 Buy Now       Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 

Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipesShell 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. Both gentle and stronger sandblasting are used, to suit the grain. Light too for a Group 4, 32g.
54-DHDPS4105 R5050.00 Proceed to Safeshop

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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!        Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 

 

Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipesShell Briar 4111 Lovat
The shorter stem of the Classic Lovat shape lends to lightness in the mouth. Quite a big bowl for a Group 4 – you can see we select the Dunhill pipes individually. Lovely grain, lovely feel – what more can I say.
54-DHDPS4111 Sorry, I'm sold!



Shell Briar 4202 Classic Saddle BentShell Briar 4202 Classic Saddle Bent

Cross-grain front and back of the bowl, means that the sides are birdseye grain, and the craftsman decided to use gentler sandblasting to achieve a smooth textured feel. This is a very special pipe. It has a good-sized inner bowl, time for a satisfying smoke. Large for its group size (which is why we chose it). Weight 49g

54-DHDPS4202 R5050.00 Buy Now       Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 


Shell Briar sandblast finish
Group 4 4124a Square Panel Billiard

Labelled “Square panel” it may be, and the shank certainly is.
However, if you look at the bowl from above the inner bowl is meticulously round and the outer corners have been discreetly rounded to eliminate the sharp corners as you have in the shank.
The sloping “filler friendly” rim is a final touch to this beautiful pipe.
54-DHDPS4124a R5050.00 Proceed to Safeshop
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Dunhill Pipe Shell 4124a Square Panel Billiard



Dunhill White Spot Shell Briar PipeShell Briar 5103 Group 5 Classic Billiard

Not as rare, but nearly as beautiful as the Group 6. And when you pick it up you can’t help rubbing the fine-grained bowl, as it nestles in your hand. A pleasure to hold, and as with all White Spot pipes, it will be a pleasure to smoke – and when you put it down it will stand on its own. Weight 51g

54-DHDPS5103d Sorry, I'm sold!       Here you can see the pipe in detail

 


Dunhill White Spot Shell Briar Pipe


Shell Briar 5202 Classic Saddle Bent

There is a lovely rippling grain on the bowl of this classic saddle bent – larger than one would expect of a Group 5, almost a Group 6. The saddle mouthpiece lends a touch of lightness to the appearance. Extra thick wood – perfect for outdoors, yet relatively light - 59g

54-DHDPS5202 R5995.00 Buy Now       Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 

 


Dunhill Pipe Shell Briar sandblast finish

Shell Briar sandblast; Group 5 Bent Apple (2000)
Large bent – rounded “apple” shape with a saddle stem. Nearly all stippled medium depth birdseye grain – most attractive. Very good balance, even when standing, and exceptionally lightweight for its size – only 55g.

54-DHDPS5213 R5995.00 Proceed to Safeshop

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Shell Briar 6103 Group 6 Classic Billiard

Dunhill White Spot Shell Briar PipeFinding a Group 6 pipe in the Dunhill warehouse does not happen very often, and when it has such a stunning grain we are doubly pleased. The grain starts with a flame grain around most of the bowl, and finishes with almost a ring grain on the opposite side. Quite beautiful. The proportions between the bowl, shank and length of stem are also perfect. What a remarkable find!
Weight 62g – another plus for such a large pipe.

54-DHDPS6103 R7350.00 Buy Now       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.


 


Dunhill White Spot County Sandblast PipeCounty Sandblast 4102 Group 4  Classic Bent

The vigorous polishing required to remove the stain from the peaks and achieve the exciting contrasting finish, gives a dramatic visual effect; and a quite different, smoother feel than that of the usual sandblasted pipe; this pipe is a perfect example.
Also a perfect example of the blending in to the traditional shapes of the new sturdier shanks in many of the pipes we selected. Weight 51g

54-DHDPZ4102a R5395.00 Buy Now       Here you can see the pipe in detail

 

 


Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipesCounty Sandblast 4135 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-DHDPZ4135 R5395.00 Buy Now

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Dunhill Pipe County 5120 Cherry wood

County sandblast finish; Group 5 5120 Cherry wood
The shape may be called “Cherrywood” but the magnificent piece of briar deserves to be classified as a rare “ring grain” briar. The pattern is almost like delicate hessian, the balance is perfect
54-DHDPZ5120 R6595.00 Buy Now

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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 pipesShell Briar 4102F Bent with 9mm option
The raw bowl was carefully chosen for a sandblasted finish.
The various grains in deep relief are outstanding.
A pleasure to hold. And it stands.
9mm filter option, adapter supplied.
54-DHDPS4102F Sorry, I'm sold!

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Dunhill “White Spot” finest quality briar pipesShell Briar 4108F Bent Rhodesian with 9mm option
One of our favourite shapes,
and this is a beauty with a slightly taller, more elegant bowl
– and a matching round shank (instead of the usual triangular shank).
Through the sandblasting you can see the flame grain rising
54-DHDPS4108F
Sorry, I'm sold!

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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  

JOHANNESBURG

Wesley’s Tobacconist

Rosebank Mall

011 7887413

SOMERSET WEST

Curiosity Hut

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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