Dunhill: Shell Briar (3108) (2023) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-015-7223

Defined by a quarter bend and Bulldog bowl, Dunhill's "08" can take the form as either a Bulldog or Rhodesian depending on the shank's shaping. Here, this example presents the latter's rounded style, easing naturally into the curving heel. Continuing the softened motif, the bowl features a subtle ridgeline just below the tapered rim in place of beadlines. This particular Group 3 rendition is quite genteel of line, tastefully blending elegant curves and hearty substance.

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: 5.13 in./130.30 mm.
  • Weight: 1.58 oz./44.91 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.28 in./32.51 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.71 in./43.43 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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