Dunhill: Shell Briar (4103) (2021) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-015-5984

A unique Cavalier from Dunhill, this design has been around for decades, having been first introduced as a modern, "gadget" pipe, yet remains quite rare nowadays. Like the standard Cavalier, it features an end cap at the bottom of the shank to remove excess condensation; however, on this piece the shank is made from black-tinged aluminum with a threaded transition onto which the "03" Billiard bowl screws. The Shell Briar's ebony stain and sandblast does well to unite the composition despite the use of distinct materials.

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: 4.32 in./109.73 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.64 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Cavalier
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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