English Estates: Dunhill Shell Patent Bent Billiard (152) (1948) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-33118

A compact and lightweight iteration of the bent Billiard, this piece from Venerated English marque Dunhill comes to us from 1948, and is one of the few Patent-Era bent Billiards we've come across, with this profile among the more unique in their portfolio. This "152" presents with a deep bend through the shank-and-stem combination, the shank kicking high out of a tight transition to meet the smartly downturned stem, the pair tapering consistently to the button. Up front, the bowl sits atop a rounded heel and rises to a flat rim, all while canting forward nicely and showcasing the stummel's Shell Briar sandblast, or, in this case, Shell Patent.

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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Minor Rim Charring Mild Chamber Carbonizing Chamber Slightly Out Of Round Tooth Marks Light Oxidation

PATENT No 417574/34
  • Length: 4.78 in./121.41 mm.
  • Weight: 1.02 oz./29.03 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.27 in./32.26 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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