Dunhill: Shell Briar Quaint Two Pipe Art Deco Set (3) (17/50) (2018) (with Case)

Product Number: 002-015-4107

In the 1920s, the Art Deco movement was at its height, and it seemed no area of design missed its influence. In Alfred Dunhill's catalog were a number of both pipes and accessories with Art Deco styling, as the marque has always been a fashionable one. The popularity of the style waned after WWII, however, and some of these pieces were never seen again.

In this limited-edition set, Dunhill offers two vintage shapes — the "KC" straight Rhodesian from the 1924 catalog, and an unnamed bent Rhodesian that was discovered in Dunhill's archive. Each one features a band of sterling silver engraved with Art Deco patterns and is finished in Dunhill's legendary Shell Briar finish. The Shell Briar's addition to the Dunhill catalog was a pivotal moment in pipesmoking 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.

The entire set comes complete with a leather Ventage case. "Ventage" is a combination of "vintage" and "ventilation," and the style was invented by Alfred Dunhill in 1919. It features carefully-designed slots to allow pipes to continue to vent once being placed back inside, a unique feature.

- Kaz Walters
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Shell Briar Rhodesian (4) (17/50) (2018)
  • Length: 5.53 in.

    Weight: 1.2 oz.

  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in.

    Chamber Depth: 1.30 in.

  • Outside Diameter: 1.54 in.

    Bowl Height: 1.55 in.

  • Stem Material: Vulcanite


  • Length: 5.54 in./140.72 mm.
  • Weight: 1.00 oz./28.35 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.25 in./31.75 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 0.99 in./25.15 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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