Dunhill: Shell Briar (5113) (2019) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-015-5893

While Dunhill's "13" bent Apple takes the form of a squat, rounded shape in smaller Group sizes, in larger Group sizes, the design looks more akin to an Egg or Brandy shape, as evidenced by this Group 4 rendition. The bowl possesses a wide, rounded heel that tapers gradually upward to the taut rim while a sleek S-curve of shank-and-stem reaches out back. The abbreviated shank features a jet-black military mount that broadens swiftly to a wide, disk-like face, which is fitted to a tapered, push-style stem. The military mount configuration enables the piece to be easily broken down, even while the pipe is still hot. It's all dressed in the dark, low-profile Shell Briar sandblast that accentuates the natural grain orientation of the briar.

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: 6.54 in./166.12 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.91 in./48.51 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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