Dunhill: Shell Briar Quaint Two Pipe Art Deco Set (3) (41/50) (2018) (with Case)

Product Number: 002-015-4109

This limited-edition set from Dunhill offers two beautifully matched pipes, each sandblasted in the famous Shell finish and fitted with detailed sterling accents with Art Deco patterning. Both pieces provide the deep and gnarly sandblasting most often associated with Dunhill's early history, here highlighting cross-grain orientation.

One pipe is a straight Rhodesian resurrected from the company's 1924 catalog, and the other is a bent Rhodesian whose shape was rediscovered in Dunhill's archives. 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 set is housed in a leather Ventage case, the word "Ventage" arrived at by combining the words "vintage" and "ventilation." The ventilation aspect is explained by the airways designed into the case running from the outside to the tops of the bowls, permitting an exchange of humidity levels to maintain excellent smoking properties for every smoke even when keeping the set in its case. The style is an Alfred Dunhill invention from 1919, explaining the case'ss vintage aspect.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Shell Briar Rhodesian (4) (41/50) (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: 5.57 in./141.48 mm.
  • Weight: 1.00 oz./28.35 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.25 in./31.75 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.02 in./25.91 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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