The Alphorn is a traditional long horn that were played by Swiss, Austrian, Bavarian and French Alpine herdsmen and villagers, originally sounded for communication and at daily ceremonies and seasonal festivals. With the sound of the Alphorn the cows were called from the pastures and into the barn at milking time. Today, these horns are mostly played as musical instruments. The Alphorn is carved or bored in wood and overwound with birch bark. Most instruments are straight, reaching up to 4 Metres in length.
The White Spot Alphorn Pipes
These impressive White Spot pipes have been inspired by the shape of traditional Alphorns of the
Swiss, Austrian, Bavarian and French alpine mountains.
The Alphorn pipe are individually hand-turned, classified as Collector XL, and measures an
impressive 34cm (13.5 inches) in length.
The pipes are fitted in a special Ventage case. The Ventage pipe case was invented by Alfred
Dunhill in 1919 and patented the following year. The name is a combination of the words
Vintage and ventilation, as those cases are equipped with a ventilation channel so that the
used pipe can continue to dry in the closed case.
Only a few units have been manufactured in this production, only a total of 34 pipes across all
finishes will be available.
"Gesteckpfeifen," or "Hunter's pipes," are a traditional style of pipes that consist of multiple parts, and were first used among farmers and shepherds. In 1936, Dunhill made a rendition of this style of pipe, which remains in their archives to this day. And in this extremely limited collector's edition, they have recreated that pipe from 1936, dubbed the Alpine.
In a limited production of only 10 pipes, the Alpine consists of four major parts: a bowl and Y-shaped connection piece, which are both hand-turned from briar, followed by a long stem and turned mouthpiece, both hand-cut from vulcanite rods. When assembled, the entire piece stands over 12 inches high, making for a sleek and lengthy design all around. In this particular piece, the briar sections have been finished in the crisp County sandblast and warm stain, which helps to bring to mind the pastoral fields of its original use.
This piece comes complete with a leather Ventage case. "Ventage" is a combination of "vintage" and "ventilation," and the style was invented by Alfred Dunhill in 1919. It features carefully designed slots to allow the bowl to continue to vent once being placed back inside, a unique feature.