English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar Patent (6475) (4) (S) (1952) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-34566

A 1952 rendition of what seem to have eventually become the "20" Cherrywood on Dunhill's shape chart, this "6475" is an affable, slightly bent take on the Poker. It's a rather svelte and trim design from the English marque, forgoing their typically muscular aesthetic for one of more lightweight proportions. At around 35 grams, this would make for a fine hands-free smoker, and the finish here is especially handsome, boasting a warm iteration of the Shell Briar sandblast but accented with a smooth polished rim up top.

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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Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Stamping Worn From Buffing

PATENT NO. 417574√34
4 (Circled) S
  • Length: 5.49 in./139.45 mm.
  • Weight: 1.28 oz./36.29 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.77 in./44.96 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.10 in./27.94 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.40 in./35.56 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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