English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar (LBS) (4) (S) (1967)

Product Number: 004-002-29769

In Group 4 size, the towering Billiard bowl sits sternly at the front of this piece from Dunhill, perfectly balanced by a muscular, rounded shank and an elegantly tapered stem. These elements coalescence to create a flowing, streamlined profile that makes Dunhill pipes, especially this vintage piece from 1967, so iconic in the minds of pipe smokers everywhere. The bowl features a generous chamber capacity, ensuring a long, relaxing smoking session of a favored blend. Dressed in the Shell Briar sandblast, the natural grain patterns are brought out in rich detail, leaving plenty of stimulating texture for the fingers and eyes.

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.

--Davin Hylton

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Measurements & Other Details

Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Chamber Slightly Out Of Round

  • Length: 5.80 in./147.32 mm.
  • Weight: 1.66 oz./47.17 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.04 in./51.82 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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