English Estates: Dunhill Tanshell (LBS) (F/T) (4) (T) (1964) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-35032

This vintage, straight Billiard from Dunhill is a large, impressive piece, as it's rendered in Group 4 size and is stamped "LBS" to indicate it's a slightly more slender Large Billiard. Boasting a height of nearly two inches and length of nearly six, this robust pipe is full-bodied and comforting in hand. Featuring a capacious chamber and seamless, arrow-straight shank-and-stem arrangement, its proportions are pleasantly balanced. Fashioned in 1964 and wearing the Tanshell finish, this "LBS" exudes vintage Dunhill charm.

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 Finish Faded

4(Circled) T
  • Length: 5.98 in./151.89 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.99 in./50.55 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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