Dunhill: Shell Briar (4144) (2021) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-015-6003

The Duke and the Don shapes from Dunhill are both long-stemmed variations of the Poker design. They're tall, cylindrical, and sit sturdily on a flat surface. However, the "44" Duke, seen here, is devoid of shank, the mortise instead inset directly into the bowl and reinforced with metal. To this, then, attaches a fuselage-type shank/stem, also reinforced with metal, capped with a vulcanite mouthpiece on the end. It makes for a lithe profile and iconic silhouette, here dressed in the Shell Briar sandblast, with the rim left handsomely smooth for a subtle accent.

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: 6.96 in./176.78 mm.
  • Weight: 1.34 oz./38.10 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 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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