Dunhill: Shell Briar (3421) (2017) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-015-5403

Essentially a combination of the Horn and Dublin shapes, the traditional Zulu features a gentle transition that flares upward into a Dublin bowl, still dynamically forward-canted but more upright and defined of transition than the typical Horn rendition. While Dunhill does occasionally pair said stummel with a straight stem, this example caters to the classic Zulu form, with a slightly downturned, Prince-like stem. Here, it's fitted to a military mount. The bend coordinates with the bowl's forward cant and makes for quite the elegant design, with this piece found in Group 3 size and dressed in the Shell Briar 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.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.04 in./153.42 mm.
  • Weight: 0.90 oz./25.51 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.42 in./36.07 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.23 in./31.24 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Zulu
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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