Dunhill: Shell Briar (4108) (2016)

Product Number: 002-015-4360

Dunhill's "08" form can be either a bent Bulldog or Rhodesian depending on the shaping of the shank. This particular Group 4 offering comes in Rhodesian configuration, the shank being rounded instead of paneled, but still featuring the Bulldog's characteristic bowl. The shape's beadlines are traded for a softer ridgeline below the rim's taper, and the heel is generously stout and comfortably rounded. Furthermore, a generous mount extends the shank, fitted to a trim stem of matching vulcanite.

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: 5.94 in./150.88 mm.
  • Weight: 1.80 oz./51.03 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.64 in./41.66 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.34 in./34.04 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.77 in./44.96 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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