English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar (3117) (1984) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-33176

This broader, more squat version of the Bulldog is another example of Dunhill's timeless approach to pipe making. The broad bowl houses a deep chamber for long smokes, while the straight diamond shank and tapering stem keep the pipe balanced and easy to clench. This pipe also boasts handsome grain patterns as revealed by Dunhill's classic Shell Briar finish, making this a rugged but elegant smoking instrument.

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.

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CONDITION:
Minor Rim Darkening Chamber Carbonizing Charring Around The Airway Light Oxidation

STAMPING:
3117
DUNHILL SHELL
MADE IN ENGLAND 24
  • Length: 4.76 in./120.90 mm.
  • Weight: 1.09 oz./30.84 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.31 in./33.27 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.12 in./28.45 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.53 in./38.86 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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