English Estates: Dunhill Tanshell (EK) (4) (T) (1968) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-39940

Rendered in Group 4 size, this vintage "EK" Foursquare from Dunhill feautures a more lean physique compared to the marque's "24" design, which lends this piece a comfortable, lightweight presence in hand. The bowl stands with an upright posture, its four crisp facets joined together by rounded corners that grant a softer character to this piece's architectural constitution. A sturdy shank-and-stem arrangement transitions from the bowl, with the pair's firm ridges and slender build creating a sleek profile. Courtesy of Dunhill's Tanshell finish, the stummel wears 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

4 (inside circle)
  • Length: 5.95 in./151.13 mm.
  • Weight: 1.10 oz./31.18 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.16 in./29.46 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Panel
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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