English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar Billiard with Silver (92) (1974) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-33120

I'm partial to military-mounted pipes, if not for their resilience and structural stability, then definitely for their bold, yet sleek appearance and timeless appeal. This Dunhill "92" Billiard is a perfect example, with its elegant silver mount making for a smart complement to the inky stain and crisp sandblast of the Shell Briar series — one of the workshop's most iconic finishes, and here dressing this classic from 1974. The bowl is pert and plump, tapering gently to the rim as it cants forward slightly atop a rounded heel, offering plenty of comfort in the hand. Though not explicitly muscular, the look of the mount at the end of the shank adds some dynamic negative space which keeps the eye drawn to the piece, and highlights the stummel's thickness handsomely.

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

Minor Rim Charring Chamber Slightly Out Of Round Light Oxidation

((on the band))
  • Length: 5.40 in./137.16 mm.
  • Weight: 1.28 oz./36.29 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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