English Estates: Dunhill Tanshell Patent (59) (4) (T) (1952) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-35548

Dated to 1952, this vintage "59" Billiard from Dunhill is rendered in Group 4 size, its balanced design encapsulating the refinement of the archetypal form. Standing with an upright posture, the bowl's straight walls reach from the heel toward the flat rim. Out back, a sturdy shank transitions from the bowl and pairs to a gradually tapering stem of jet-black vulcanite. Additionally, the stummel features a flattened underside, allowing this pipe to sit confidently on level surfaces. Dunhill's Tanshell finish dresses the stummel in a crisp, earthy sandblast.

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.

- Joshua Carroll
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Measurements & Other Details

Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Stamping Worn From Buffing Minor Tooth Marks

PAT.NO 417574/34
4(Circled) T
  • Length: 5.52 in./140.21 mm.
  • Weight: 1.20 oz./34.02 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.33 in./33.78 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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