Dunhill: Shell Briar Churchwarden with Bamboo (4613) (2019)

Product Number: 002-015-4400

The use of bamboo in pipe making dates back to WWII when briar was scarce and manufacturers sought a means of saving on briar. Dunhill fashioned a number of bamboo-adorned pieces during that time, affectionately referred to as "Whangees" — named after the bamboo canes and umbrellas of that era. The White Spot didn't forgo the use of bamboo, though, and still carves Whangee pipes, though less often now. This particular Churchwarden makes exceptional use of the knuckled medium, presenting an extra long shank extension, on the end of which is fitted a classic "13" Apple bowl of Group 4 size.

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: 8.58 in./217.93 mm.
  • Weight: 1.36 oz./38.56 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Churchwarden
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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