English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar Bent Dublin (6) (1985) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-32878

This Dunhill bent Dublin is quite far from those that the English marque usually produces, though it's not marked with a Quaint stamp or an HT stamp to denote a pipe which was entirely hand turned. No, this pipe exists as something of a wonderful anomaly within the portfolio of the brand, and as a Group 6 piece, it's a robust one at that. The shank and stem here comprise a languid arc flowing out of the wide transition, doing well to balance the visual weight of the bowl and offering a comfortable smoking posture. Said bowl rests atop a sharply pronounced heel and rises to nearly two and a half inches tall, flaring into a broad, domed rim that overlooks a cavernous chamber, its thick walls sure to insulate the hand. The ample canvas of the bowl provides plenty of space to show off the crisp Shell Briar sandblast which dresses the stummel, revealing stacks of tightly packed ring grain rippling through its surfaces.

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.

-John McElheny
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CONDITION:
Chamber Carbonizing Chamber Over Reamed Stamping Worn From Buffing

STAMPING:
6(circled)
DUNHILL SHELL
MADE IN ENGLAND 25
  • Length: 5.86 in./148.84 mm.
  • Weight: 1.95 oz./55.34 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.45 in./62.23 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.24 in./56.90 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.87 in./22.10 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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