Dunhill: Zodiac Pipe 2020 Shell Briar (3407) (67/218)

Product Number: 002-015-4391

While 2020 marks the first year of the 12-year Chinese New Year cycle, it's the 10th edition of Dunhill's commemorative series. In the Zodiac line, the White Spot produces a single shape in a variety of finishes, all styled with a theme relating to the year's animal from the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rat is 2020's motif, and Dunhill presents their iconic "07" Prince, here in Group 3 size and adorned with a sterling silver band etched with this year's token animal. It comes comes complete with a letter of authenticity and a leather travel bag, also emblazoned with the year's Zodiac, and is one of only 177 pipes produces, though is serialized out of 218 — each number containing the numeral "4" having been skipped since it's considered unlucky in Chinese numerology.

The Shell Briar's addition to the Dunhill catalog was a pivotal moment in pipe smoking 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: 6.21 in./157.72 mm.
  • Weight: 0.90 oz./25.46 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.19 in./30.30 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.05 in./26.56 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.37 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.41 in./35.92 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Prince
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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