Dunhill: Shell Briar (2106) (2018)

Product Number: 002-015-5546

Even in Group 2 size, this "06" Pot remains rather stocky, especially along the shank. The squat, muscular bowl sits stoically atop its firm heel, while the arrow-straight shank-and-stem arrangement trails out back. It's a well-balanced design that boasts a lightweight presence in hand. The tapered mouthpiece of jet-black vulcanite tops off the design, its dark color perfectly complementing the shadowy Shell Briar sandblast that dresses the stummel. The rim of this piece is smooth and stained a dark ruby color for a touch of visual and tactile contrast.

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: 5.60 in./142.24 mm.
  • Weight: 1.10 oz./31.18 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.15 in./29.21 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.32 in./33.53 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Pot
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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