English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar with Bamboo (4134) (2019) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-33142

Bamboo-adorned pipes came to prominence during WWII and the following years, as the pipe-making world saw a shortage in briar. Dunhill, like other marques, looked to the organic medium as a way of saving on briar. Dunhill's bamboo pieces became affectionately known as "Whangees" — named after the bamboo canes and umbrellas of that era. This 2019 "34" Brandy hearkens back to that vintage style, featuring two knuckles of pale bamboo to accent the dark hue of the Shell Briar sandblast.

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.

-Truett Smith

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CONDITION:
Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Chamber Over Reamed

STAMPING:
Alfred
THE WHITE SPOT
dunhill's
SHELL BRIAR
MADE IN ENGLAND 19
4134
  • Length: 6.20 in./157.48 mm.
  • Weight: 1.25 oz./35.38 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.77 in./44.96 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.71 in./18.03 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Brandy
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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