English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar LBS (F/T) (4) (S) (1962)

Product Number: 004-002-29938

Dunhill's "LB" shape was introduced just after WWI as a stoutly apportioned, substantial straight Billiard rendition. Later, the "LBS" was introduced as a slightly longer variant of the "LB" — both versions counted among Dunhill's most iconic and collectible Billiard designs. This particular example was fashioned in 1962 and exemplifies the shape's bold proportions and hearty style, with a deep chamber and robust shank.

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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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Chamber Carbonizing Chamber Slightly Out Of Round Chamber Over Reamed Minor Tooth Marks Light Oxidation

STAMPING:
LBS F/T
DUNHILL
SHELL BRIAR
MADE IN
ENGLAND 2
4(circled)S
  • Length: 5.77 in./146.56 mm.
  • Weight: 1.41 oz./39.92 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.93 in./49.02 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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