English Estates: Dunhill Shell (RG) (5) (1986) (Aftermarket Band)

Product Number: 004-002-29877

Displaying a bowl oriented heft and sandblast, this Billiard, as part of Dunhill's Ring Grain series, appropriately showcases a lovely array of undulating growth rings from heel to rim. A trim shank connects the stummel to the length of tapered vulcanite that is the stem, separated by a handsome band of silver that, while it is an aftermarket addition, is still tasteful. The bowl is appropriately sizable, being that this is a Group 5 pipe, and proudly holds the eponymous grain for which this line is famous, the undulating bands wavering up the bowl's entirety, providing a myriad of tactile details sure to enthrall.

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.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Minor Rim Darkening Chamber Carbonizing Chamber Uneven From Reaming Minor Tooth Marks Aftermarket Band (Cosmetic Only)

STAMPING:
5(circled)RG
DUNHILL SHELL
MADE IN ENGLAND 25
  • Length: 5.78 in./146.81 mm.
  • Weight: 1.57 oz./44.45 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.04 in./51.82 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.77 in./44.96 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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