Dunhill: Shell Briar (4117) (2015)

Product Number: 002-015-5254

This "17" straight Bulldog is one of Dunhill's most muscular shapes, pairing a broad, low-slung bowl to a diamond shank-and-stem combination. The result is a compact, yet sturdy profile that emphasizes firm lines that draw the eye across the length of the piece. A prominent ridgeline wraps around the bowl, while the angularity of the shank seems to carry though the transition to the heel, adding a structural quality to it that offsets some of the tapered rim's roundness. The dark, shadowy, Shell Briar sandblast adds plenty of rich texture in hand, perfectly complementing the burly stummel with a craggy finish.

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.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.31 in./134.87 mm.
  • Weight: 1.52 oz./43.09 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.38 in./35.05 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.27 in./32.26 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.83 in./46.48 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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