Dunhill: Shell Briar (4612) (2021) Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 002-015-6193
On The White Spot's standard shape chart, the "12" designates a classic Stack: a Billiard but with the bowl proportionately taller for greater chamber depth. Those digits comprise the last two spots in this pipe's four-digit stamp, and the "6" represents the stem style, a long, lithe Churchwarden version. The configuration is a rarer one from Dunhill, making this a collectible pipe on its own, though its domed military mount enhances its rareness as its something we've seen very seldomly. The deep chamber, combined with the stem's relaxing smoking posture, make for quite a comfortable armchair smoking experience and the crisp texture of the Shell Briar sandblast gives the fingers plenty to appreciate.
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
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 10.00 in./254.00 mm.
- Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.93 in./49.02 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.35 in./34.29 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Churchwarden
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: England