English Estates: Dunhill Tanshell (60) (4) (T) (1961) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-37061

A lightweight, Group 4 rendition, this vintage "60" Billiard from Dunhill exudes a timeless appeal with its well-measured composition. A pert, upright bowl is positioned at the fore, formed by straight walls rising from heel to rim. Transitioning from the bowl is a proportionally balanced shank that joins a gradually tapering stem of jet-black vulcanite. Dunhill's Tanshell dresses the stummel in a crisp, earthy sanblast that reveals a wealth of growth rings rippling across the bowl and traveling along the shank.

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

Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Tooth Marks

  • Length: 5.37 in./136.40 mm.
  • Weight: 1.09 oz./30.84 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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