English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar (5203) (1990) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-35005

Perhaps no shape in the pipe making world is more iconic than Dunhill's legendary "03" Billiard. Possessed of a supple bowl and arrow-straight shank and stem, the profile of the "03" is as elegant as it is traditional. Furthermore, the perfect proportions superbly balance the composition, an indicator of why the Billiard shape is so timeless. This particular "03" is rendered in robust Group 5 size, is fitted to a sleek saddle stem, and is dressed in Dunhill's Shell Briar finish.

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.

--Zach Podl

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Measurements & Other Details


CONDITION:
Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Tooth Marks

STAMPING:
5203
dunhill (inside oval)
SHELL BRIAR
MADE IN ENGLAND 30
  • Length: 5.91 in./150.11 mm.
  • Weight: 1.76 oz./49.90 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.99 in./50.55 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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