Dunhill: Tanshell (3102) (2018)

Product Number: 002-015-4224

One of the most iconic pipe designs, the bent Billiard has been a mainstay on the classic shape chart since pipes first started being carved from briar. Dunhill is known for its traditional realization of classics, and for many collectors and pipesmokers, the English marque's "02" bent Billiard is considered the archetypal rendition to which all others are compared. Here, in Group 3 size, it's fit for any occasion — fitting into a pocket while also comfortably clenched hands free, this particular one wearing the famed Tanshell sandblast.

Created in 1951, the Tanshell marked Dunhill's fourth finish behind the Bruyere (1910), Shell Briar (1917), and Root Briar (1931); however, Dunhill didn't complete the "Tanshell" stamp until December 1951, waiting until 1952 to actually introduce the first Tanshell pipes. Considered one of the English marque's rarest, most collectible finishes, the Tanshell boasts a concise sandblast but unlike the dark-stained Shell Briar, the Tanshell is naturally stained, intended to develop a warm patina as it darkens with prolonged use over time.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.94 in./125.48 mm.
  • Weight: 1.10 oz./31.18 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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