Dunhill: Shell Briar (4213) (2015)

Product Number: 002-015-4506

Though this "13" bent Apple is sized at a Group 4, its chamber is on the smaller end and could probably be classified as larger Group 3 — especially considering this piece's compact overall dimensions. The bowl presents a slight forward inclination as well, balancing the angle of the transition and sweeping S-curve. It's a thoroughly handsome piece, dressed in a dark sandblast that contrasts texturally against the smooth, vulcanite stem.

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: 5.19 in./131.83 mm.
  • Weight: 1.44 oz./40.82 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.28 in./32.51 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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