English Estates: Dunhill Tanshell (51031) (1978) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-34841

For a number of years, Dunhill utilized a five-digit shape designation system. Similar to its current, four-digit stamps, the third and fourth numbers defined the shape, in this case the "03" Billiard, and the fifth digit represented a specific version of that shape, though the details are unclear decades later. This "1" version of the "03" from 1983 is a substantial, Group 5 offering, boasting muscular proportions and crisp line work. Dressed in the crisp sandblast of the Tanshell finish, the stummel here showcases a wealth of handsome grain, complete with ample texture for the fingers to appreciate.

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.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing

  • Length: 5.76 in./146.30 mm.
  • Weight: 1.92 oz./54.43 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.94 in./49.28 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.89 in./22.61 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.47 in./37.34 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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