Dunhill: Shell Briar (5220) (2018)

Product Number: 002-015-5436

This rendition of Dunhill's "20" Cherrywood features a saddle stem, an uncommon design cue for this shape. Rendered in Group 5 size, the bowl is slightly canted with a smooth, beveled rim and gently angled, flat base that allows it to sit easily on a desk. The cylindrical shaping of the bowl and its utilitarian nature is akin to its cousin, the "22" Poker, the mouthpiece being the main difference. This Cherrywood is wearing the marque's sandblasted Shell Briar finish, with the aforementioned smooth areas of rim and heel stained a complementing ruby color.

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.

-Angela Robertson
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.60 in./142.24 mm.
  • Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.82 in./46.23 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.15 in./29.21 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.40 in./35.56 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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