English Estates: Dunhill Tanshell (6103) (2007)

Product Number: 004-002-29330

Though a sizable and capacious Group 6, this Dunhill "03" straight Billiard still preserves the form's elegant lines and proportion ratios. The transition, for example, is well-defined, and the length of the shank-and-stem combination offers a nice visual balance to the tall, stout bowl. The flattened undersides enables this piece to sit stably and the hand-cut vulcanite stem tapers with ease toward the lip button. The Tanshell sandblast is stellar on this piece, unveiling a striking array of rippling ring grain that radiates across the bowl's flanks.

Created in 1951, the Tanshell marked Dunhill's fourth finish behind the Bruyere (1910), Shell Briar (1917), and Root Briar (1931); however, Dunhill didn't complete the "Tanshell" stamp until December 1951, waiting until 1952 to actually introduce the first Tanshell pipes. Considered one of the English marque's rarest, most collectible finishes, the Tanshell boasts a concise sandblast but unlike the dark-stained Shell Briar, the Tanshell is naturally stained, intended to develop a warm patina as it darkens with prolonged use over time.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Minor Rim Charring Mild Chamber Carbonizing Minor Tooth Marks

STAMPING:
6103
dunhill (inside oval)
TANSHELL
MADE IN ENGLAND 07
  • Length: 6.88 in./174.75 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.12 in./53.85 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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