English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar (4109) (2016)

Product Number: 004-002-20057

Dunhill's "09" Canadian always seems to scale effortlessly across the marque's various Group sizes, but I find that Group 4 proportions are the perfect middle ground for such a classic design. It's not as petite as Group 1 or 2 but not overly muscular like Group 5 or 6 sized briars, appealing to anyone who prefers classically inclined shaping cues with just enough substance lent to the bowl. Here, the bowl sits perched at the end of the low-set transition before giving way to the lengthy, oval shank and the abbreviated, tapered mouthpiece. This rendition is dressed in Dunhill's signature Shell Briar sandblast, which has unveiled a mesmerizing display of rippling grain around the bowl with the smooth rim offering some tasteful contrast.

The Shell Briar's addition to the Dunhill catalog was a pivotal moment in pipe smoking history. Before 1917, pipes with sandblasted finishes had never been made, and Alfred Dunhill's innovative mind created arguably the most popular finish for pipes today when he unveiled the Shell Briar. With its dark, reserved color palette and delightful texture, it's no surprise that it's still wildly popular over a century later.

- Jeffery Sitts

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CONDITION:
Minor Rim Charring Mild Chamber Carbonizing Small Scratches Around The Bowl Minor Tooth Marks

STAMPING:
4109
Alfred
THE WHITE SPOT
dunhill's
SHELL BRIAR
MADE IN ENGLAND 16
  • Length: 6.00 in./152.40 mm.
  • Weight: 1.47 oz./41.73 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.50 in./38.10 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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