Dunhill: Shell Briar (3206) (2021)

Product Number: 002-015-5401

In Group 3 size, this "06" Pot features the broad, stout disposition often associated with the shape but with a lifted heel that lends the piece a bit of forward momentum. The trim shank extends from the neat, low-slung transition before giving way to a sleek saddle stem of jet-black vulcanite. This piece wears the Shell Briar finish that richly textures the stummel and draws out some subtle stacks of growth rings around the bowl. It's a streamlined, refined rendition of the shape that should make a welcome addition to any collector's rotation, especially for those who favor lightweight yet firm designs.

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: 5.64 in./143.26 mm.
  • Weight: 1.00 oz./28.35 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.32 in./33.53 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Pot
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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