Dunhill: Tanshell (4127) (2017)

Product Number: 002-015-5030

When one considers classic English and French shapes, the Acorn doesn't come as readily to mind as, say, Billiard, Dublin, and Apple variants, yet the design still finds a place on Dunhill's shape chart as the "27." Compared to Italian and Danish renditions, The White Spot's interpretation is more reserved and less rounded, showing only a slightly bulging waistline just below the rim. Such shaping maintains Dunhill's reputation for conservative designs, with an oval shank-and-stem combination adding sleek elegance and a subtle downward bend.

Created in 1951, the Tanshell marked Dunhill's fourth finish behind the Bruyere (1910), Shell Briar (1917), and Root Briar (1931); however, Dunhill didn't complete the "Tanshell" stamp until December 1951, waiting until 1952 to actually introduce the first Tanshell pipes. Considered one of the English marque's rarest, most collectible finishes, the Tanshell boasts a concise sandblast but unlike the dark-stained Shell Briar, the Tanshell is naturally stained, intended to develop a warm patina as it darkens with prolonged use over time.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.54 in./140.72 mm.
  • Weight: 1.20 oz./34.02 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.38 in./35.05 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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