English Estates: Dunhill Shell (445) (1975) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-35160

This is quite the interesting piece from Dunhill, not that the English marque is a stranger to the Dublin shape, but because of the unique combination of features present in its build. The bowl comprises a tall, conservative taper to a flat, smooth rim, the walls supported by a flattened, rearward-slanting heel that extends beneath, past the shank. A wide transition leaves plenty of room for a digit and marks the start of a trim, low-profile shank which has been compressed quite a bit into a flattened oval, it and the stem making a consistent taper from the transition to the button. Dressed in the rugged and iconic Shell Briar sandblast, this pipe possesses a playful, pastoral character that's sure to attract enthusiasts of the White Spot's work.

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

Minor Rim Darkening Dings On The Rim

  • Length: 5.69 in./144.53 mm.
  • Weight: 1.38 oz./39.01 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.88 in./47.75 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.35 in./34.29 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Dublin
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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