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

Product Number: 002-015-4580

This Billiard from Dunhill is defined by its esteemed Dead Root designation, and as such, it lacks a shape number but closely resembles a Group 4-sized "03" Billiard. Proportionately balanced and classically rendered, with its tall, deeply chambered bowl paired to a sleek shank and tapered, jet-black stem, this pipe is especially emblematic of the English marque's traditional style, with stunning grain for further visual appeal.

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.

-Angela Robertson
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.64 in./143.26 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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