English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar (48) (F/T) (4) (S) (1969) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-34052

A Group 4-sized Bulldog from Dunhill, this vintage offering is trim, with the bowl displaying a subtle ridgeline rather than the traditional beadlines. The lower half tapers sharply toward the pointed heel, resembling a ship's prow as seen from the front. The English marque's signature dark Shell Briar sandblast is executed wonderfully on this handsome pipe, which is pleasingly textural in hand.

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

Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Finish Faded Minor Tooth Marks

48 F/T
  • Length: 5.15 in./130.81 mm.
  • Weight: 1.09 oz./30.84 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.68 in./17.27 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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