English Estates: Dunhill Shell Patent (LV) (c.1920s-1930s) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-33100

Dated to sometime between the 1920s and the 1930s, this patent-stamped design is a unique offering from Dunhill, as it falls outside of the English marque's standard shape chart. Like the Volcano shape, the bowl here displays a steep taper from heel to rim, producing a subtle curvature across the form's insulating walls. A gradually tapering shank-and-stem arrangement brings up the rear and keeps things looking sleek in profile. The crisp Shell Briar sandblast dresses the stummel and brings vivid definition to the briar's natural grain patterns.

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.

--Davin Hylton

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Measurements & Other Details

Rim Darkening Finish Discolored Stamping Worn From Buffing Slot Modified

LV 1
((stamping very worn))
  • Length: 5.85 in./148.59 mm.
  • Weight: 1.82 oz./51.71 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.11 in./28.19 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Volcano
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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