English Estates: Dunhill Shell Cavalier (4) (F/T) (S) (1964) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-32898

The Cavalier is one of the more rare offerings from Dunhill, and this rendition is more than five decades old, making it quite a collector's item, though one with plenty of use left. This piece can be broken down easily: The bowl can be detached from the shank and the vulcanite stem is easily removed, as it's attached through a push-style tenon arrangement, making for easy travel and easy cleaning. It also features a removable moisture cap at the bottom, a feature of true Cavaliers which hearkens back to their roots in the Tyrolean mountains and allows excess moisture to be cleared at any time. The Group 4-sized bowl is dressed in the English marque's dark Shell Briar sandblast, for a texturally pleasing, vintage, smoker.

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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Measurements & Other Details

Chamber Lightly Sanded

4 (inside circle)
  • Length: 6.22 in./157.99 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.33 in./33.78 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Cavalier
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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