English Estates: Dunhill Root Briar (LBS) (F/T) (4) (R) (1960)

Product Number: 004-002-7106

This older Dunhill bears, as expected, an older iteration of this time-honored English marque's stamping system. While the meaning of most of it is pretty clear with a little research - "F/T" means fish-tail bit, and "R" designates a Root Briar finish - the "S" in "LBS" remains a mystery. The "LB" itself refers to the shape, a classic English straight Billiard, but the "S" has simply eluded identification for some time; we've seen it on sandblasts and smooth-finishes alike, so we know it doesn't refer to that aspect, if nothing else. It isn't a sizing thing either, as that's the job of the "4" stamp indicating a Group 4 pipe - although this particular briar is closer in size to a modern Group 6, to tell the truth (Group 5 and 6 stampings weren't introduced until the mid-70s).

- Eric N. Squires

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Measurements & Other Details

STAMPING:
LBS F/T
DUNHILL
ROOT BRIAR
MADE IN
ENGLAND
4(IN CIRCLE)
R

Condition: 3.7/5 Over reamed chamber, rim darkening, small tooth marks on the button, and the stem was buffed smaller than the shank.
  • Length: 5.88 in./149.35 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.91 in./48.51 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.70 in./17.78 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.38 in./35.05 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England

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