Dunhill: Shell Briar Quaint Dublin (4) (2018)

Product Number: 002-015-5425

Historic English marque Dunhill is no stranger to classic, traditional designs, as that is what they've become known for throughout their over 100-year history, though they're also quite adept in crafting more novel, imaginative designs, such as this Dublin. As a part of their Quaint series, this Dublin doesn't fit in to Dunhill's more serialized shape chart, and looks rather Neoclassical in design, with a steep, angular construction that pushes the bowl forward into prominence. A flattened underside allows this piece to sit quite stably, and this sweeps upward as it travels, giving the fore of the bowl a subdued curvature, contrasting with the more straight lines of the rest of the pipe's build. The transition is a nearly right angle, though it is pinched in just enough to angle the shank a tad bit skyward, along with the stem, enhancing the overall momentum of the profile, and further lending the silhouette a kind of Neoclassical appeal: this contemporary shaping elevated by Dunhill's timeless Shell Briar sandblast.

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: 5.80 in./147.32 mm.
  • Weight: 1.10 oz./31.18 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Dublin
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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