Dunhill: Shell Briar (5133) (2017)

Product Number: 002-015-4225

The "33" is Dunhill's take on the classic bent Brandy shape. While most of the English marque's standard shapes remain quite consistent in design, the "33" can vary slightly in its bowl's taper and the heel being either rounded or flattened. This particular example is the most common — sitting sturdily upon its base, with an elegant taper toward the smooth-polished rim. Presented here in Group 5 size, the bowl is substantial in hand and generous of chamber, while the quarter bend balances it out well when smoked hands free.

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.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.47 in./138.94 mm.
  • Weight: 1.80 oz./51.03 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.86 in./21.84 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Brandy
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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