Dunhill: Shell Briar with Silver (3117) (2017)

Product Number: 002-015-4568

Both Dunhill's "17" and "04" shape numbers refer to straight Bulldog designs, complete with diamond shanks and tapered rims, defined by either a crisp beadline or more subtle ridgeline. Where the designs differ is in their height — the "17" being considerably more squat and low-set than the taller "04." Personally, I appreciate the "17" most out of the two, the stolid, muscular rendition easily recognized as the work of Dunhill. Plus, this particularly compact offering also benefits from some of the English marque's esteemed silverwork, pairing handsomely with the Shell sandblast.

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: 4.73 in./120.14 mm.
  • Weight: 1.12 oz./31.75 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.21 in./30.73 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.15 in./29.21 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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