English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar (4209) (2008)

Product Number: 004-002-20408

The second number in Dunhill's current four-digit shape number system refers to the style of stem on a pipe produced by the English marque. A "1" refers to a tapered stem while a "2" indicates that it's a saddle mouthpiece. It's a small detail but one that can change the entire shape and is evident in this 2008 design. Typically, Dunhill's "09" is almost always a Canadian as it will feature an abbreviated, tapered stem, but when paired to a saddle mouthpiece, the "09" becomes a Lumberman. The elongated, oval shank is maintained, drawing focus to the tall, upright Billiard bowl and the undulating grain unveiled by the Shell Briar sandblast.

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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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening

DUNHILL(in oval)
  • Length: 5.82 in./147.83 mm.
  • Weight: 1.28 oz./36.29 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.40 in./35.56 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Lumberman
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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