Dunhill: Shell Briar with Silver (3333) (2019)

Product Number: 002-015-4333

With a long, languid heel, this Dunhill Shell Briar "33" provides a low visual center of gravity balancing the long tapered stem. It's no Churchwarden, though it's long for a Group 3 at just over six inches. Covered in the tactile, medium-deep sandblast of the Shell finish, its heel is left smooth and is stamped with the pipe's nomenclature, while an elegantly understated sterling silver band offers some contrast of color in the composition and separates the Shell texture from the smooth vulcanite of the stem. Though the heel is long and flat, this piece is not a sitter, given its long counterbalancing stem, offering instead an in-jaw experience of excellent smoking balance. In cross-grain orientation, its sandblasted rim displays horizontal grain, with birdseye populating the left and right flanks. It's a classic finish from a classic manufacturer with a classic history, ready to build its own personal history with the right pipe enthusiast.

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: 6.18 in./156.97 mm.
  • Weight: 1.00 oz./28.35 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.31 in./33.27 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.19 in./30.23 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Brandy
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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