Alfred Dunhill Pipes Website
A brief Timeline
1893: At the age of 21 Alfred Dunhill inherited a harness business and soon saw that the age of the automobile was coming and converted his father’s factory from horse-drawn carriage accessories to motor accessories. “Dunhill Motorities” was born.
1904: Alfred Dunhill invented the “Windshield Pipe”.
1906: First Dunhill tobacco shop opened on Duke St.
1910: Alfred Dunhill opened a small pipe factory of his own. The focus was to use the finest quality briar, and expert craftsmanship to make pipes that would provide a superior smoke, and last a lifetime. The cost would reflect these principals, which was against the current trend of inexpensive pipes of poor quality.
1910: The Bruyere finish is first introduced
1915: The famous white spot was introduced so customers would know which way to insert the handmade vulcanite mouthpieces on straight pipes (the spots face up).
1917: Alfred Dunhill invented the sandblasted pipe, and first introduced the "Shell" Finish. Dunhill also developed the oil curing process at this time, which many feel contributes significantly to Dunhill's excellent smoking qualities.
1920: Dunhill stopped buying bowls turned in France in favor of those turned in London at the newly opened Dunhill bowl-turning facility.
1921: Alfred Dunhill open international stores in NYC and Paris.
1924: 260,000 pipes were sold in the Duke St. Shop.
1928: Alfred Dunhill retires
1930: The Root finish is introduced. D.R. "dead root". Denotes Dunhill straight grain pipes. The bruyere finish was used on these pipes through 1929; root finish was used thereafter. "D.R." stamped on shank.
1953: The Tanshell finish is introduced
1973: he Redbark finish is introduced
1980: The Cumberland finish is introduced
1987: Redbark finish officially retired
A Tail of Two Briars
A Dunhill Pipe Dating Guide
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