English Estates: Dunhill Patent Shell (35) (1945) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-32855

Dated to 1945, this patent-era Billiard is a real find for collectors and admirers of Dunhill's early shapes. Sleek and streamlined, this piece poises a pert, upright bowl at the fore a slender stretch of shank and stem. The overall form is remarkably lightweight in hand, and it should clench quite comfortably between the teeth. The dark Shell Briar sandblast dresses the stummel and brings vivid definition to the natural grain orientation of the briar.

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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Measurements & Other Details

Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Stamping Worn From Buffing

  • Length: 5.36 in./136.14 mm.
  • Weight: 1.07 oz./30.39 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.73 in./43.94 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.25 in./31.75 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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