Dunhill: Zodiac Pipe 2019 Cumberland (4103) (25/288)

Product Number: 002-015-4268

The Chinese calendar revolves around a 12-year cycle, each year designated with one of twelve animals. Since 2011, Dunhill has presented a limited edition series in commemoration of the Chinese Zodiac. The 12th and last year of the Chinese Zodiac cycle, the Year of the Pig commemorates (according to one legend) the final beast to complete a great race organized by the Jade Emperor. As the tale goes, the animal's journey was preceded by a bout of feasting, followed by a nap, after which he awoke and took his place at the finish line.

This year's Zodiac pipe takes the form of the English marque's "03" Billiard, found here in Group 4 proportions. The bowl is remarkably muscular, contains a generously deep chamber inside, and has been finished in the rich Cumberland sandblast. The rim has been left smooth for some subtle contrast, while the shank wears an engraved sterling silver band depicting this year's Zodiac animal before ending at a brindled vulcanite stem. Though stamped for 288 total pipes, the series actually consists of only 232 pieces — every number with a numeral "4" having been skipped as it's an unlucky number in Chinese numerology. It also comes complete with a letter of authenticity as well as a leather carrying pouch that depicts its namesake animal on the front.

When Alfred Dunhill released his patented Shell Briar, he forever changed the pipe smoking world at large. Dunhill has often been credited with being the first to offer sandblasted pipes (arguably the most popular finish today), and the Cumberland finish further displayed Dunhill's innovative spirit. Well received after its release in 1979, the Cumberland series was named for the English marque's warehouse on Cumberland road, and the line's signature, brindled vulcanite stem became so iconic, the warmly striated material is now referred to simply as "cumberland."

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.88 in./149.35 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.88 in./47.75 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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