English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar (LBS) (4) (S) (1962) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-32780

In Group 4 size, the towering Billiard bowl of this LBS sits sternly at the front of this piece from Dunhill, perfectly balanced by a muscular, rounded shank and an sleek saddle stem. These elements coalescence to create a flowing, classically-inclined profile that makes Dunhill pipes, especially this vintage piece from 1962, 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 finish, the natural grain patterns are brought out in rich detail, as growth rings ripple across the fore of the bowl in hypnotic waves.

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:
Minor Rim Darkening Chamber Carbonizing Chamber Over Reamed Stamping Worn From Buffing

STAMPING:
6
LBS
DUNHILL SHELL
MADE IN ENGLAND 2
4 (In Circle)
S
  • Length: 5.72 in./145.29 mm.
  • Weight: 1.46 oz./41.28 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.93 in./49.02 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 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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