Dunhill: Shell Briar Quaint Churchwarden with Silver (4)

Product Number: 002-015-4176

The Pickaxe is a shape that doesn't immediately spring to one's mind when thinking of Dunhill pipes. However, with their Quaint series, the English marque offers highly collectible, unique non-shape-chart-conforming pieces. This particular piece is quite striking in its rakish profile, displaying a sharply pointed heel spur underneath a gently flaring bowl and smooth polished, tapered rim. The silver accent band along the shank end pairs handsomely with the alluringly dark sandblast of the iconic 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.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 8.95 in./227.33 mm.
  • Weight: 1.00 oz./28.35 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.33 in./59.18 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.22 in./30.99 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Churchwarden
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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