English Estates: Dunhill Root Briar Bulldog (DR) (B) (F/T) (1971) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-35516

This Bulldog was made in 1971 and is a handsome, timeless take on the shape from the venerable Dunhill, its firm lines and muscular silhouette belying its remarkably compact size. A wide transition leaves plenty of room to drape a digit before giving way to a sleekly tapering shank and stem combination, the duo surrounded by a quartet of diamond-shaped panels. These rigid lines continue through the heel, making for a sharp underline for the bowl to start an easy flare toward a mid-set waist: marked by a pair of ridgelines that additionally denote a taper to the rim. The bowl is possessed of a slight forward cant and offers a comfortable feel in hand, providing plenty of space to showcase the Root Briar finish, the beautiful grain it reveals earning it the superlative Dead Root designation at the B grade.

Dunhill’s "DR" designation on certain Root Briars signifies a special class of pipes: Dead Root. Like all Root Briars, these pieces maintain flawless briar, but with especially choice grain on display. Before the Root Briar line’s introduction in 1931, "DR" was stamped on Bruyere pipes that showed handsome grain, but Dunhill wanted a more grain-defining finish, leading to the creation of the Root Briar. Starting in 1979, The White Spot extended the grade further — replacing the letter grading system with stars, increasing in prestige from one to seven. A Dead Root pipe represents the best of Dunhill’s standard selection, yet remains quite rare compared to the English marque’s overall lineup.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

Rim Darkening Top Of Chamber Scraped Minor Tooth Marks

  • Length: 4.91 in./124.71 mm.
  • Weight: 1.04 oz./29.48 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.36 in./34.54 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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