Dunhill: Root Briar Giant Billiard (DR*) (2023) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-015-7071

This Billiard from Dunhill is an incredibly robust design, boasting proportions that would easily dwarf a Group 6-sized briar. The bowl here is simply massive, boasting thick insulating walls that rise from a muscular heel and conceal a chamber over two inches deep. Said bowl is paired to an arrow-straight shank-and-stem arrangement that keeps most of the composition's visual weight anchored at the brawny fore. The Root Briar finish dresses the stummel and highlights fetching grain across the briar's surface, with fine flame grain marking the bowl's flanks.

Dunhill's "DR" designation on certain Root Briars signifies a special class of pipes: Dead Root. Like all Root Briars, these pieces maintain flawless briar, but with especially choice grain on display. Before the Root Briar line's introduction in 1931, "DR" was stamped on Bruyere pipes that showed handsome grain, but Dunhill wanted a more grain-defining finish, leading to the creation of the Root Briar. Starting in 1979, The White Spot extended the grade further — replacing the letter grading system with stars, increasing in prestige from one to seven. A Dead Root pipe represents the best of Dunhill's standard selection, yet remains quite rare compared to the English marque's overall lineup.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 8.90 in./226.06 mm.
  • Weight: 5.10 oz./144.58 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.73 in./69.34 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.33 in./59.18 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 1.07 in./27.18 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.19 in./55.63 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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