Dunhill: Shell Briar with Silver (3104) (2020)

Product Number: 002-015-4802

Dunhill's "04" Bulldog can vary quite a bit depending on its Group size. Here in moderate Group 3 designation, it's a reserved iteration, neither significantly tall nor especially squat. Likewise, the proportions between bowl and shank are balanced and indicative of Dunhill's classic shaping style. Its muscular heel lends some firmness to the profile, matched by the hard lines of the diamond shank and the hand-cut, tapered stem. Finished in the crisp texture and dark stain of the Shell Briar sandblast, this example is further commended by an ornate silver accent band with striated lines decorating its surface and a brindled vulcanite stem of sand and ink hues. Such a stem is a rare sight from The White Spot, departing from the traditional red and black cumberland mouthpieces they are known for, making this composition even more desirable piece for Dunhill collectors.

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.

- Andrew Wike
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.08 in./129.03 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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