English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar (196) (F/T) (4) (S) (1962) (Replacement Stem) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-32727

Fashioned more than 55 years ago, this Dunhill Billiard still remains an eye-catching pipe. Rendered in Group 4 dimensions, the bowl boasts a deep chamber and is poised at the end of a long, continually tapering shank-and-stem arrangement. The entire length of the pipe measures more than six inches, with most of that seen in back, yet it remains nicely balanced and sits sturdily upright. This vintage piece is wearing the marque's dark, sandblasted Shell Briar finish, the color palette elegantly formal. The stem is a vulcanite replacement, however, and the price has been adjusted accordingly.

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 Chamber Over Reamed Spots In The Stem Material Replacement Stem

STAMPING:
196 F\T
DUNHILL
SHELL BRIAR
MADE IN
ENGLAND 2
4(circled)S
  • Length: 6.43 in./163.32 mm.
  • Weight: 1.38 oz./39.01 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.85 in./46.99 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.36 in./34.54 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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