English Estates: Dunhill Shell (3208) (2002) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-34102

The "08" shape designation on Dunhill's pipe chart denotes both a bent Bulldog and bent Rhodesian, the difference dependent upon the shank's shaping. In this Group 3 example a Rhodesian is represented by the round shank, compared to the Bulldog's diamond orientation. I'm especially fond of this compact renditions — the muscular proportions and shortened length hearkening back to certain Rhodesians found across the portfolios of vintage English brands from the early 1900s.

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.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Chamber Lightly Sanded

STAMPING:
3208
DUNHILL (In Oval)
SHELL BRIAR
MADE IN ENGLAND 02
  • Length: 5.24 in./133.10 mm.
  • Weight: 1.63 oz./46.27 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.47 in./37.34 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.86 in./21.84 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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