Dunhill: Shell Briar (2403) (2020)

Product Number: 002-015-5389

This "03" Billiard from Dunhill possesses a subtly forward-canted bowl that's offset in profile by the gently bent, Prince-like stem, lending a sense of dynamism to both ends of the pipe. The shank extends from the low-slung transition, balancing with the proportions of the petite bowl, before giving way to a lengthy, tapered stem of jet-black vulcanite. The stummel wears the Shell Briar finish, showcasing some neat stacks of growth rings across one flank and sandblasted birdseye across the other. In Group 2 size, this piece is lightweight and conforms well to the hand, with plenty of space to drape a digit across the transition.

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: 6.32 in./160.53 mm.
  • Weight: 0.90 oz./25.51 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.45 in./36.83 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.11 in./28.19 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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