English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar (60) (4) (S) (1974) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-35541

Dated to 1974, this "60" Billiard by Dunhill boasts a lightweight build and sleek figure. While it's stamped under the Group 4 size, this pipe features more modest proportions comparable to a modern Group 3 size. The bowl stands with a firm, upright posture, with straight walls stretching towards a flat rim. A balanced shank transitions from the bowl and joins a gradually tapering stem of jet-black vulcanite. Accentuating this pipe's posture is the stummel's flattened underside, allowing the pipe to sit confidently on level surfaces. Dunhill's iconic Shell Briar finish dresses the stummel with a dark, crisp sandblast for a timeless look.

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.

- Joshua Carroll

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Measurements & Other Details

Rim Darkening Stamping Worn From Buffing

4(Circled) S
  • Length: 5.31 in./134.87 mm.
  • Weight: 1.20 oz./34.02 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.30 in./33.02 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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