English Estates: Dunhill Tanshell (475) (4T) (1961) (Aftermarket Band) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-36864

Presented in robust Group 4 size, this vintage 1961 Poker from Dunhill features a tall, cylindrical bowl that rises from a flat, sure-sitting heel and cants rather dramatically at the fore of the composition. The shank-and-stem arrangement angles out back and provides balance to the bowl, while also accentuating the shape's dynamic stance in profile, the junction marked by an aftermarket accent band of silvery metal. Dressed in the Tanshell sandblast, save for the smoothly polished rim and heel, the stummel offers plenty of stimulating texture for the fingers to explore and displays waves of rippling grain.

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.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Charring Minor Tooth Marks

4 (inside circle)
  • Length: 5.55 in./140.97 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.77 in./44.96 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.23 in./31.24 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.32 in./33.53 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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