Dunhill: Shell Briar (4208) (2021) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-015-7150

A design defined by posture and bowl shape, The White Spot's "08" form features a plump, Bulldog bowl but can be fitted with a bent shank that's either diamond or rounded of cross section. The latter is represented here, characterizing the classic Rhodesian, presenting a more supple aesthetic compared to the structured style of the Bulldog. Instead of beadlines, this bowl is wrapped by a more subtle ridgeline below the tapered rim, and its muscular proportions and comfortable bend call to mind the iconic Author shape, but with a Rhodesian bowl.

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: 5.83 in./148.08 mm.
  • Weight: 1.70 oz./48.19 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.62 in./41.15 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.29 in./32.77 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Bulldog
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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