Dunhill: Shell Briar (5133) (2017)

Product Number: 002-015-5226

Dunhill's "33" shape is the English marque's rendition of the bent Brandy, a classic profile on its own, elevated by the work of Dunhill's masterful artisan craftsmen. This particular example is a muscular, flat bottomed rendering with a languidly arced stem that meets a sharply bent oval shank with soft flanks and a flat heel. The transition is gradual and grows slowly into the bowl which rises proudly from its stable base, tapered only very slightly toward the gently forward slanting rim. The stummel is dressed in Dunhill's iconic Shell Briar sandblast, stained their classic black, and the black vulcanite stem ties the look together with an understated, rugged aesthetic.

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.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.37 in./136.40 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.91 in./48.51 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.67 in./42.42 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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