English Estates: Dunhill Tanshell (3203) (2002) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-33818

One of Dunhill's most iconic shapes, the "03" Billiard is a functional, minimalist shape, but this particular pipe adds a dash of flair with a lengthy, vulcanite saddle stem that tapers to a trim button. Additionally, the lightweight, Group 3 stummel features some scintillating tactility, courtesy of Dunhill's Tanshell finish.

Created in 1951, the Tanshell marked Dunhill's fourth finish behind the Bruyere (1910), Shell Briar (1917), and Root Briar (1931); however, Dunhill didn't complete the "Tanshell" stamp until December 1951, waiting until 1952 to actually introduce the first Tanshell pipes. Considered one of the English marque's rarest, most collectible finishes, the Tanshell boasts a concise sandblast but unlike the dark-stained Shell Briar, the Tanshell is naturally stained, intended to develop a warm patina as it darkens with prolonged use over time.

--Zach Podl
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CONDITION:
Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Stamping Worn From Buffing

STAMPING:
3203
dunhill(in oval)
TANSHELL
MADE IN ENGLAND 02
  • Length: 5.40 in./137.16 mm.
  • Weight: 1.06 oz./29.94 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.75 in./44.45 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.25 in./31.75 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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