Dunhill: Shell Briar (840) (ODA) (F/T) (2019)

Product Number: 002-015-4916

Most "800" series pipes we've seen from Dunhill come through the estate market, making this brand new 2019 piece quite the rare sight. The "800" series features classic shapes whose overall size has been increased considerably, and as such, like in the case of this "840," these briars also often earn an ODA designation. This particular number is an emboldened bent Billiard with two inches of chamber depth, yet all in a form that has scaled quite well proportionally — the same clean lines and elegant curves of the traditional pipe chart standard well-maintained throughout.

The Shell Briar's addition to the Dunhill catalog was a pivotal moment in pipesmoking 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: 5.98 in./151.89 mm.
  • Weight: 2.70 oz./76.54 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.49 in./63.25 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.00 in./50.80 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.72 in./43.69 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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