Dunhill: Shell Briar with Silver (4122) (2020)
Product Number: 002-015-4794
While Dunhill's "22" Poker is incredibly traditional, maintaining the classic elements of cylindrical bowl and flattened heel, it differs from many other pipe makers' renditions in that the transition is not significantly raised above the heel. It still sits sturdily upright, but draws more focus to the bowl for a firm, stolid presence. That's especially so in the case of this stout Group 4 offering, and it further benefits from a sterling silver accent and a uniquely colored, brindled vulcanite stem. Usually, the traditionally warm hues of cumberland are the only variety of brindled vulcanite used by Dunhill, but the English marque acquired several rods of this lighter variety and decided to release a limited-edition run of pipes to showcase the special material.
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: 5.54 in./140.72 mm.
- Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Poker
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: England