English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar (21031) (1980) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-35306

For a number of years, Dunhill utilized a five-digit shape designation system. Similar to its current, four-digit stamps, the third and fourth numbers defined the shape, in this case the "03" Billiard, and the fifth digit represented a specific version of that shape, though the details are unclear decades later. This "1" version of the "03" from 1982 is a handy, Group 2 offering, boasting sleek lines and a light weight. Dressed in the crisp sandblast of the Shell Briar finish, the stummel here showcases a wealth of handsome grain, complete with ample texture for the fingers to appreciate.

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.

-Truett Smith

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CONDITION:
Mild Chamber Carbonizing Chamber Uneven From Reaming Finish Faded Minor Tooth Marks

STAMPING:
DUNHILL SHELL
MADE IN ENGLAND20
21031
  • Length: 4.80 in./121.92 mm.
  • Weight: 0.64 oz./18.14 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.26 in./32.00 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.69 in./17.53 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.09 in./27.69 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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