In 1915, the famous white spot was introduced for very practical concerns.
With straight pipes, customers had trouble knowing which way to insert the handmade vulcanite mouthpieces.
This ran counter to the current trend of inexpensive pipes of poor quality that one simply discarded after a short while.
The Dunhill pipe was made to last a lifetime and always with an eye to utility. To this end, Alfred invented the aluminum ‘inner tube’ to keep the innards of the pipe clean.
1910: Alfred Dunhill lured away Joel Sasieni from Charatan and opened a small pipe workshop of his own on 28 Duke St.-- two rooms upstairs for a humble beginning.
In 1906, the first pipes and tobacco shop opened on Duke St.
The shop soon came to be known for its customized blends.
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. 1946: Dunhill buys Hardcastle after a ten year relationship 1953: The Tanshell finish is introduced 1959: Bill Taylor start working for Dunhill as a boy 1967: Hardcastle is merged with Parker and becomes Parker-Hardcastle, LTD 1972: The Redbark finish is introduced.
The cost would reflect these principals, which was against the current trend of inexpensive pipes of poor quality. 1917: Alfred Dunhill invented the sandblasted pipe, and first introduced the "Shell" Finish. The bruyere finish was used on these pipes through 1929; root finish was used thereafter. (Pipedia Sysop note: Some sources indicate the Redbark was introduced in 1973 while other sources indicate the Redbark was introduced 1972 See example).