English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar with Silver Wind Cap (660) (F/T) (4) (S) (1969) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-30377

This 1969 Billiard shape from Dunhill personifies the elegant simplicity of classical pipe making. Bearing the designation "660," this pipe fits lightly in hand with its proportionately short shank and compact bowl size. The slight forward cant of the bowl is balanced in profile by the straightness of the shank and saddle stem, giving the piece a litheness and sleek grace. Finished in Dunhill's Shell Briar sandblast, the briar's dark stain reveals some handsome textural grain all around the stummel, its hues contrasted by a bespoke wind cap of silver, protecting the ember during outdoor smoking sessions.

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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CONDITION:
Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Light Oxidation

STAMPING:
660
F/T
DUNHILL
SHELL BRIAR
MADE IN 19
ENGLAND9
4(circled)S
  • Length: 5.33 in./135.38 mm.
  • Weight: 1.31 oz./37.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.69 in./17.53 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.35 in./34.29 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England