Dunhill: Shell Briar (6401) (2016)

Product Number: 002-015-4365

Dunhill's largest standard size designation, Group 6, presents a bowl and chamber of house pipe dimensions, here represented in the English marque's "01" Apple. This particular example is a bent Apple, denoted by the "4" in its shape code and has primarily been a design reserved for larger Group 5 and 6 renditions according to our archives. The substantial, forward urging bowl fills the palm effortlessly while the gracefully arching mouthpiece lends the shape an elegant, unique silhouette. This impressive piece is further commended by the stunning grain coaxed out by the Shell Briar finish, with waves of ring grain radiating across the bowl's surface and is one of the craggiest blasts I've seen outside of Dunhill's Ring Grain appellation.

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.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.43 in./163.32 mm.
  • Weight: 2.60 oz./73.71 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.17 in./55.12 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.86 in./21.84 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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