English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar (114) (F/T) (c.1960s)

Product Number: 004-002-29454

This lithe, lengthy 1960s straight Billiard from Dunhill is a very lightweight rendition, coming in at 19 grams despite nearly six inches of length. The upright bowl and slender shank wear the English marque's craggy Shell Briar finish, offering plenty of stimulation and tactile interest dressed in deep, dark hues. The stem is a long taper of hand-shaped vulcanite, offering comfortable clenching to go along with the spare weight. For anyone looking for a classic English smoker that seems to float in hand, you've found it.

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.

- Joel Balyeat

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114 F/T
  • Length: 5.84 in./148.34 mm.
  • Weight: 0.67 oz./19.05 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.47 in./37.34 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.29 in./32.77 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.13 in./28.70 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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