Dunhill: SPC Limited Edition 2023 Root Briar Bent Dublin with Silver (DR****) (1/1) (with Ventage Case and Extra Stem) Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 002-015-7122
Legendary English marque Dunhill has collaborated with Smokingpipes a number of times in the past, showcasing their high-quality work in limited edition two-pipe sets in both 2020 and 2021. For 2023, the collaboration returns, though in unique fashion, comprising a single shape held within one of the White Spot's stylishly functional Ventage cases. The shape in question is Dunhill's sinuous "14" bent Dublin, here in Group 4 size, enhancing the presence of the bowl while maintaining a slender outline and rather light weight. Said bowl is an archetypal example of the Dublin's classic form, sitting atop a rounded heel and flaring out gently toward a flat rim, the rim itself overlooking an impressively broad chamber sure to offer leisurely smoking sessions. A tightly-knit transition gives way to a softly tapering shank which is angled upward slightly, diminishing as it reaches toward a domed silver military mount; This mount is a special feature here that's stylized at the end in a scalloped pattern, offering a floral accent which sets this series of pipes apart from much of Dunhill's portfolio. A broad band in the midsection of these mounts features a geometric, engine-turned pattern, further distinguishing these pipes from others, the combination of tulip-like military mount and engine-turned patterns an especially rare one. Pressure-fitted to the mount is a sleekly tapered vulcanite stem that's smartly curved for easy jaw-hanging and comfortable smoking, and, for further functionality, this cased pipe comes complete with an extra, longer stem: making this pipe a versatile companion fit for a variety of situations. An exceptional offering from a historical pipe making titan, this limited edition piece is a must-have for collectors of Dunhill's work or those that wish for a truly timeless take on the iconic bent Dublin: found here as the only example dressed in the warm stain of the Root Briar finish and graded as a four-star Dead Root piece.
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.-John McElheny
Measurements & Other Details
- (Extra Stem)
- Length: 7.17 in. Weight: 1.6 oz.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.88 in. Chamber Depth: 1.62 in.
- Outside Diameter: 1.52 in. Bowl Height: 1.85 in.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Length: 5.39 in./136.91 mm.
- Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.85 in./46.99 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.88 in./22.35 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Dublin
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: England