Dunhill: Shell Briar Zodiac 'Year of the Rabbit 2023' (4427) (202/230) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-015-6744

The Chinese Zodiac calendar follows a 12-year cycle, each year represented by a specific animal. According to one legend, the order of the animals corresponds to an ancient race organized by the Jade Emperor, with the animals' places marking the order of the calendar. The fourth animal to finish was the rabbit, and 2023 is celebrated as the Year of the Rabbit. For years, Dunhill has honored this Chinese tradition with a singular pipe shape, fashioned in limited quantities and decorated with a silver band depicting the year's animal.

For 2023, The White Spot's Zodiac pipe is one the English marque's rarer shapes: the "27" Pear in Group 4 size. Similar to the classic Yachtsman, it reveals a gestural profile that begins at Dunhill's elongated, slightly bent "4" stem and terminates at the Pear's rounded, subtly tapered bowl. Serialized out of 230, only 189 pipes were actually fashioned in the Shell Briar finish: All numbers containing "4" were omitted according to Chinese numerology, and the number one remains in The White Spot's archive, with this particular example stamped as number 202. Moreover, it comes complete with a series-exclusive Terracotta leather pouch embossed with an image of a rabbit to match the pipe's rabbit-etched accent of sterling silver.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.65 in./143.51 mm.
  • Weight: 1.28 oz./36.29 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.40 in./35.56 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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