English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar Patent (FET) (24) (c.1940)

Product Number: 004-002-17472

Before utilizing number stamps to denote shapes, Dunhill relied on letters. For the Prince design, "FE" and "FET" denoted bent and straight versions, respectively. As you can see, this particular piece is one of the latter. A naturally regal and well-poised shape, the Prince is lent a touch more austere formality in its straight iteration, the sleekness prompted by the shank and stem accentuating the bowl's plumpness. While rounded and comfortable in hand, the bowl houses a chamber of about Group 1 dimensions, and the squat, full-bodied form takes well to the Shell Briar blast, promoting an intriguing texture in hand. There's some rim darkening, mild chamber carbonizing, charring around the airway, and over buffing to the stem, but this Patent piece from around 1940 is still in good condition.

-Truett Smith
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CONDITION:
Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Charring Around The Airway Stem Over Buffed

STAMPING:
DUNHILL
SHELL
FET
24
MADE IN ENGLAND
PATENT No 1341418/20
  • Length: 6.36 in./161.54 mm.
  • Weight: 1.25 oz./35.38 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.08 in./27.43 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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