English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar (33) (3) (S) (1962) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-35124

Dated to 1962, this vintage Billiard by Dunhill sees a petite, upright bowl posed at the fore of a slender shank-and-stem arrangement. In Group 3 size, this piece is lightweight and comfortable, both in hand and clenched between the teeth. It's dressed in the Shell Briar sandblast, which lends a wealth of rugged texture to the bowl and shank alike.

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.

--Davin Hylton

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Measurements & Other Details

Rim Darkening Chamber Carbonizing Stamping Worn From Buffing

((most stamping worn/faded))
3 (Circled) S
  • Length: 5.78 in./146.81 mm.
  • Weight: 1.04 oz./29.48 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.36 in./34.54 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.24 in./31.50 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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