English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar (4201) (1998) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-30718

This "01" straight Apple from Dunhill is paired to a saddle stem, which is a pretty rare rendering from the English marque. Featuring an affable, Group 4-sized bowl and balanced by a flattened heel and shank, this plump pipe also is a firm sitter. Dressed in the dark sandblast of the Shell Briar finish and displaying handsome grain beneath, this Apple is also texturally pleasing.

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.

-Angela Robertson

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Minor Tooth Marks Light Oxidation

dunhill(inside oval)
  • Length: 5.42 in./137.67 mm.
  • Weight: 1.09 oz./30.84 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.37 in./34.80 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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