Dunhill: Shell Briar (4202) (2016)

Product Number: 002-015-4508

Fashioned well, the bent Billiard has the potential to be the most pleasing classic pipe shape. The graceful bend pleases in its ease of clenching; the sweeping transition, planted heel, and upright bowl all please in their in-hand presence; and the lines of the piece in silhouette please in their natural flow and clean curvature. And no one does classic English shapes like Dunhill — the marque practically invented the forms. The ever-pleasing "02" archetype is offered here in Group 4 size, dressed in the Shell Briar sandblast with no shortage of fascinating grain on display.

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: 5.58 in./141.73 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.91 in./48.51 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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