Alfred Dunhill inherited a harness business in 1893 at the age of 21. Alfred soon saw that the age of the automobile was coming and decided to convert his fathers factory from horse-drawn carriage accessories to motor accessories. Dunhill Motorities was soon born and Alfred was fast at work inventing and creating all possible accessories. In 1904 Alfred invented the Windshield Pipe, hoping to combat some of the difficulties a smoker would face while driving. It was this sort of innovation in response to the customers needs that would make Dunhill Pipes the leader in its field.
Alfred Dunhill wanted his pipes to be known around the world. WWI provided him the perfect opportunity to promote his product on an international scale. When an order was placed by an officer serving in Northern France, Alfred would send additional pipes with a note asking that they be distributed among his fellow officers and only paid for on their return. The pipes were sold not only to British officers but to Americans, French, Belgians and Canadians. By the end of the war the Dunhill Pipe, with its white spot, was known the world over.