Dunhill: Shell Briar with Bamboo (4103) (2019)

Product Number: 002-015-4228

Following WWII, briar was scarce as the Mediterranean region pulled itself together. One way to reduce the stummel size necessary for pipes was to use bamboo for the shanks, and these pieces became affectionately known as "Whangees" — named after the bamboo canes and umbrellas of the time. Quite a long piece of bamboo has been used for this "4103," with a stretch between knuckles for additional length, which is quickly abbreviated with a short saddle stem.

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.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.33 in./160.78 mm.
  • Weight: 1.20 oz./34.02 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.78 in./45.21 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.55 in./39.37 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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