Dunhill: Shell Briar (4303) (2015) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-015-7230

Endowed with a softly curving bowl and displaying a slight cant, this Group 4 Billiard by Dunhill presents a svelte, low-lying shank-and-stem arrangement out back, resulting in a pleasant visual contrast. A wide transition leaves plenty of room to drape a thumb, while the subtle contours of the solidly built bowl up front offer a comfortable feel in hand. A rather unique piece, this Billiard has been fitted with an extended tapered stem, as evidenced by the "3" in the second spot of its shape code, making for a profile that's all the more lithe and elegant. This piece is dressed in the crisp and darkly-stained sandblast of the Shell Briar series, paired to a stem of black vulcanite and showcasing handsome grain.

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.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.62 in./168.15 mm.
  • Weight: 1.46 oz./41.28 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.84 in./46.74 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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