English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar (4112) (2002) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-34307

This "4112" from English marque Dunhill is a sleek-lined and lightweight Stack that features a tall, deep-chambered bowl paired to a rounded shank and a tapered stem that terminates gracefully at the lip button. The low-set transition further accentuates the bowl's height without being too dramatic or excessive, fostering a bowl-forward aesthetic that's still rooted in classic pipe design. This piece's traditional appeal is cemented thanks to the deep, inky sandblast of the Shell Briar finish dressing the stummel, its rich texture courtesy of the rippling bands of growth rings that flow through the briar.

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.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Minor Rim Darkening Top Of Chamber Scraped Scraping In The Chamber Chamber Slightly Out Of Round Finish Faded Stamping Worn From Buffing

STAMPING:
4112
DUNHILL(in oval)
SHELL BRIAR
MADE IN ENGLAND 02
  • Length: 5.43 in./137.92 mm.
  • Weight: 1.15 oz./32.66 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.24 in./31.50 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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