Dunhill: Shell Briar (2113) (2017)
Product Number: 002-015-4227
In Dunhill's larger sizes — Groups 4, 5, and 6 — the English marque's "13" bent Apple takes on an almost Egg-like persona, still rounded of form but more stretched in its height. Here, in Group 2 proportions, however, it caters more toward the classic shape chart standard, bordering on a Pot's squat firmness. Meanwhile, the shank angles upward from the transition, balanced out by the downturned stem which in this piece is attached via a push-style tenon and acrylic mount. Though the stummel wears the iconic Shell Briar sandblast, the bottom is smoothed for the nomenclature panel, lending the heel's profile a more lifted, sloped silhouette.
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: 5.52 in./140.21 mm.
- Weight: 1.00 oz./28.35 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.27 in./32.26 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.03 in./26.16 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.70 in./17.78 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Apple
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: England