English Estates: Dunhill Tanshell (4103) (1984) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-34887

Widely considered by many to be the archetypal Billiard, Dunhill's "03" is a timeless shape marked by sturdy craftsmanship, well-balanced proportions, and an understated elegance. This particular vintage rendition is presented in handy Group 4 size, and features an upright bowl that's poised at the fore of an arrow-straight shank-and-stem arrangement. The overall form is sleek and streamlined, and it's handsomely presented in the captivating Tanshell sandblast.

Created in 1951, the Tanshell marked Dunhill's fourth finish behind the Bruyere (1910), Shell Briar (1917), and Root Briar (1931); however, Dunhill didn't complete the "Tanshell" stamp until December 1951, waiting until 1952 to actually introduce the first Tanshell pipes. Considered one of the English marque's rarest, most collectible finishes, the Tanshell boasts a concise sandblast but unlike the dark-stained Shell Briar, the Tanshell is naturally stained, intended to develop a warm patina as it darkens with prolonged use over time.

--Davin Hylton

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Stamping Worn From Buffing

(Buffed out Stampage)
  • Length: 5.48 in./139.19 mm.
  • Weight: 1.05 oz./29.71 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.35 in./34.29 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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