English Estates: Dunhill Shell Briar with Gold (59) (F/T) (1969) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-002-37269

Fashioned in 1969, this "59" from Dunhill is a fetching example of the classic Billiard shape. It features a tall, upright bowl that stands at the fore a sleek stretch of shank and stem. Proportionally well-balanced, the bowl, shank, and stem are visually aligned within the composition, and foster a comfortable in-hand presence. The dark Shell Briar sandblast dresses the stummel and lends the design a rich texture, while a gold band adorns the junction and provides touch of vibrancy to the form.

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.

--Davin Hylton
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Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing

59 F/T
  • Length: 5.63 in./143.00 mm.
  • Weight: 1.52 oz./43.09 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.72 in./43.69 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.37 in./34.80 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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