English Estates: Dunhill Tanshell (410F) (1977) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-31419

Acorns from Dunhill aren't exactly the most common shapes from the English marque, and examples such as this, coming from the 1970s, even less so. This piece is from 1977 to be exact, and it immediately reminds me of some of their more modern Acorns in the Quaint series, as even the few others we have seen of this shape are quite different from this one. The shank and stem are of a handsome ovoid build, with the stem itself rather lengthy compared to the shank, its demure downturn lending it an elegant look and comfortable smoking posture. The transition is fairly wide, and the bowl that blooms forth from it sits on a firm heel, flaring to a soft, high-set waistline before a gentle taper to the rim takes hold. The rare Tanshell sandblast dressing the stummel makes this piece even more enticing and reveals some handsome grain throughout the briar, with blasted birdseye on both flanks of the bowl.

Created in 1951, the Tanshell marked Dunhill's fourth finish behind the Bruyere (1910), Shell Briar (1917), and Root Briar (1931); however, Dunhill didn't complete the "Tanshell" stamp until December 1951, waiting until 1952 to actually introduce the first Tanshell pipes. Considered one of the English marque's rarest, most collectible finishes, the Tanshell boasts a concise sandblast but unlike the dark-stained Shell Briar, the Tanshell is naturally stained, intended to develop a warm patina as it darkens with prolonged use over time.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Chamber Carbonizing Finish Discolored Minor Tooth Marks Light Oxidation

  • Length: 5.68 in./144.27 mm.
  • Weight: 1.06 oz./29.94 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.67 in./17.02 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.37 in./34.80 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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