English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar Christmas 'Twelve Lords a-Leaping' (5102) (255/500) (2004) (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-32086

Presented here is Dunhill's Christmas pipe from 2004, the year that Twelve Lords a-Leaping from the song "Twelve Days of Christmas" was the theme. The singular shape chosen was a robust, Group 5 "02" bent Billiard and only 500 were made, with this particular one serialized as number 255. Fine silverwork commends this piece, from the intricate band around the rim to the engraved sterling fitment gracing the shank, it's a visually stunning design. It's a beautiful bent Billiard with the classic proportions one would expect from Dunhill and is seen here finished in the crisp texture of the Shell Briar sandblast. This piece comes in its original book-style presentation box, complete with a finely carved silver tamper depicting its namesake.

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.

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Measurements & Other Details


255 OF 500
  • Length: 6.07 in./154.18 mm.
  • Weight: 2.37 oz./67.13 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.18 in./55.37 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.92 in./48.77 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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