English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar (4203) (2000) (Modified Tenon) (Unsmoked) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-37073

Rendered in Group 4 size, this "03" Billiard from Dunhill is particularly streamlined in profile, with the shank-and-stem arrangement shifting the composition's visual weight forward. The bowl stands pert and upright, with sturdy, straight walls traveling from heel to rim. A compact shank transitions from the bowl and joins to an elongated saddle stem of jet-black vulcanite, the pair granting this piece a trim profile. Additionally, the stummel features a flatened underside, allowing this pipe to sit confidently on level surfaces. Dunhill's iconic Shell Briar finish dresses the stummel in a crisp, inky sandblast that reveals fine growth rings across the bowl.

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


  • Length: 5.65 in./143.51 mm.
  • Weight: 1.44 oz./40.82 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.55 in./39.37 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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