Dunhill Shape Chart

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Dunhill Shape Chart

Currently 25 shapes classified with 2-digit numbers. 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”. The current system with 4 digits visible has now been in place for over 30 years, and has proven to work very well for Dunhill, the trade, and for consumers.

Pipe Chart Dunhill

The White Spot Chart
Digit 1: Size
Digit 2: Mouthpiece
Digit 3 + 4: Shape
1: Group
1: Standard to shape (Taper)
01: Apple
02: Bent
03: Billiard
Amber Root
2: Group
2: Standard to shape (Saddle)
04: Bulldog
05: Dublin
06: Pot
3: Group
3: Longer Taper
07: Prince
08: Bent Rhodesian
09: Canadian
4: Group
4: 1/4 Bent Taper
10: Liverpool
11: Lovat
12: Chimney
5: Group
5: 1/4 Bent Saddle
13: Bent Apple
14: Bent Dublin
15: Bent Pot
Dress / (Black Briar)
6: Group
6: Churchwarden (very long)
16: Bent Chimney
17: Straight Rhodesian
20: Cherrywood
XXL: Larger than Gr 6
*7: Non-Fishtail Taper
21: Zulu
22: Poker
24: Square Panel
Root Briar
XL: Extra large on Freehand pipes
*8: Non-Fishtail Saddle
25: Evening Dress
26: Hungarian
27: Pear
9: Nosewarmer (very short)
28: Diplomat
30: Bent Evening Dress
31: Bent Pear
Shell Briar
32: Barrel Bent
33: Bent Brandy
34: Brandy
35: Horn
36: Vest Pocket
44: Duke
45: Don
HT: Hand-turn (freehand)


Example: 4117 (4: Group; 1:tapered stem; 17: Shape: Straight Rhodesian* - Dunhill criteria.

Straight Rhodesian - 1993


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


The encircled group number indicates the size of the bowl (1, for example, is the smaller bowl). It is usually followed by a letter corresponding to the pipe finish. This number/letter code has been introduced about 1952 and was discontinued about 1976 replaced by a 4 or 5 digits code.

Nomenclature from 52 up to 76/78
Gr1S.jpg Gr2A.jpg Gr3T.jpg Gr4RB.jpg Gr5S.jpg Gr6-9mm.jpg

Early Days - 2 digits \ Letters

The original skus/model numbers from the 1920’s until the early 1970’s stood for very specific shapes and bowls. For example, the codes 31, 34, 59, 111, 113, 117, 196, LB, LBS... were all different types of Billiard shaped pipes and there were about 50(!), such codes for the Billiard shape alone.

Letter Shapes:
CH - Skater
CK - Bent Rhodesian
SS - “Quaint Shape” Billiard hexagonal shank & tapered bit 1928
EC - “Quaint Shape” Canadian, oval shank, short tapered bit 1928
FR - “Quaint Shape” Octagonal panel billiard, round shank, extended tapered bit 1928
OE - “Quaint Shape” Octagonal panel billiard, square shank, angled tapered bit 1928
O - Squat Bulldog
OR - Straight Rhodesian
OX - Saddle Bulldog
OXS - Bulldog
P - 1/2 Bent Bulldog
PO - 1/4 Bent Bulldog
EK - “Quaint Shape” Hexagonal panel billiard, square shank, angled tapered bit “Stand-up” 1928
VT - “Quaint Shape” tirangular panel billiard, tirangular shank and bit “Stand-up” 1928
SA - “Quaint Shape” octogonal tall panel billiard, hexagonal shank, angled bit “Stand-up” 1928
GD - “Quaint Shape” Circular tall billiard, ringed low at bowl base, round shank and bit 1928
PK - “Quaint Shape” Four sided panel billiard, diamond shank and bit 1928
PL - “Quaint Shape” Four sided panel billiard,triangular shank and bit 1928
EL - “Quaint Shape” Four sided panel billiard, triangular shank and bit 1928
ES - Canadian
HB - Bent
HU - Hungarian
FJ - “Quaint Shape” Cutty, canted round bowl, extended tapered bit 1928
KS - “Quaint Shape” Apple, flattened bowl support peg “Stand-up” 1928
K - “Quaint Shape” Round Apple, converging rim, round shank, tapered bit 1928
KB - Urn (Quaint shape)
FE - “Quaint Shape” Apple, large squat bowl, round shank, extended tapered bit 1928
FET - “Quaint Shape” Apple, large squat bowl, round shank, extended tapered bit 1928
E - “Quaint Shape” Army mount (silver) large squat bowl, round shank, extended tapered bit 1928
ET - “Quaint Shape” Army mount (silver) large squat bowl, round shank, extended tapered bit 1928
EK - Paneled billiard 1950, 1969
LV - Straight Brandy
LB - Long Billiard
LBS - Billiard (Longer)
LC - Large Curve
LF - Dublin
LOX - Bulldog
U - Shield Bulldog
US - Beehive - Quaint shape
UT - Quaint shape
R - Pot
SU - Barrel
TLY - Bent
VS - Brandy
W - Bamboo

  • Eric Boehm offers to us a list of the principals shapes: 2-digits and ODA list by Loring: Dunhill Shapes List

3-digit system

A 3-digit system (“Interim”) was developed that showed a logical approach to identify pipes in terms of size, mouthpiece, and shape, with the 1st digit being the size, the 2nd digit the mouthpiece, and the 3rd digit the shape, i.e. the old “85” became a “321” which was a group 3 Apple with taper mouthpiece. This was soon to be replaced by a more detailed, formal 4- and 5-digit system around 1978.

Tanshell - 1952

The first image on the right, (with the shape number 577) falls into this system, so 577 has no special meaning apart from describing / being the model for that particular pipe shape (in this case a specific group 2 Billiard with saddle mouthpiece). Around 1973, with the introduction of computers, new categories were introduced that indicated size, mouthpiece, and shape. As for the “T”, in 1952 a full-size “T” was added after the circled group size stamp to further describe the Tanshell finish (in 1953 the “T” was reduced to about half the size). So this pipe dates from 1952.

5-digit system

The 5th digit indicated the style of bowl within the group of a similar classification, each identified by a last digit, which could be any number between 1-9.

While e.g. within the Gp.4 Billiard there were 5 different styles of bowls (5th digit being either 1,2,3,4, or 9), for a Gp.1 Billiard there were only 3 styles used (5th digit being 1, 2, or 9).

Although the 5-digit code was stamped on the pipe and thus was visible to the consumer, it was mostly used for internal production planning purposes and to a lesser extent for retail staff. The system proved to be quite complex.

The elimination of the 5th digit on the pipes (probably in the early 80’s) resulted in better management of the pipe stock as there were less skus and it also facilitated the work for the sales staff in the retail shops as the complexity and number of skus was considerably reduced.


Tapered Straight, Slightly bent (semi-straight, half bent). All with the same classification, i.e 1. (before 2000)
  • |*Numbers 7 & 8 are not used nowadays as The White Spot now make all mouthpieces as fishtail as standard practise.
  • | When 5 digits occur, the meaning of the 4 first remain the same.
  • | Some sources such as the Pipephil portal, indicate this change in markings occurred in mid-1976, others indicate it was 1974.
  • | Before 2000 there were only two classifications for mouthpieces (1= tapered, 2= saddle). After this period, 9 patterns are used (4303, 3903, 5403,...). Today only 7.
  • | Usually pipes with fishtail bit receive a stamp (FT) next to the shape number.
  • | In the encircled group number, letter corresponding to the pipe finish: “S” for Shell; “A” for Bruyere; “T” for Tanshell and “R/B” for Red Bark. *9mm its about filter.
  • | 120, 196, P, R are old shape names from the 1930's, which the Dunhill reintroduced for the White Spot Collection only.

Just One More Thing

Bit Sizes

Special thanks to Mr. Hener (The White Spot Division) for his valuable contributions.
Yang (talk) 18:28, 9 September 2019 (CDT)