Dunhill: Shell Briar (5128) (2016) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-015-5748

Though a classic shape, the Diplomat is not one often fashioned, even by a workshop as traditional as Dunhill. As such, this Group 5 example is perfect for collectors of classic English pipes, with The White Spot's example here conforming perfectly to the archetypal form. The bowl is plumply round like an Author's, but the shank is oval of cross section, making for a more rim shank-and-stem combination in profile while also accentuating the bow's curvature. Furthermore, this piece differentiated by a vulcanite military mount, adding extra sleekness to further distinguish the hearty bowl.

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: 6.21 in./157.73 mm.
  • Weight: 1.80 oz./51.03 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.14 in./28.96 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Author
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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