Dunhill: Root Briar (DR**) (2018)

Product Number: 002-015-4490

Having earned Dunhill's prestigious Dead Root appellation, this bent Billiard is devoid of a shape number but closely aligns with the marque's "02" design. It's approximately a Group 3 in size and undeniably elegant in execution, presenting perfectly balanced and convenient proportions — the bowl large enough to house a respectably deep tobacco chamber, yet not too robust so as to throw off the balance afforded by the bent shank-and-stem combination. It's designs like this that personify Dunhill's classic English style and made even more appealing thanks to its gorgeous grain.

Dunhill's "DR" designation on certain Root Briars signifies a special class of pipes: Dead Root. Like all Root Briars, these pieces maintain flawless briar, but with especially choice grain on display. Before the Root Briar line's introduction in 1931, "DR" was stamped on Bruyere pipes that showed handsome grain, but Dunhill wanted a more grain-defining finish, leading to the creation of the Root Briar. Starting in 1979, The White Spot extended the grade further — replacing the letter grading system with stars, increasing in prestige from one to seven. A Dead Root pipe represents the best of Dunhill's standard selection, yet remains quite rare compared to the English marque's overall lineup.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.57 in./141.48 mm.
  • Weight: 1.68 oz./47.63 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.50 in./38.10 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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