Dunhill: Shell Briar (3101) (2021) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-015-7452

This pipe is a particularly compact iteration of Dunhill's "01" Apple, presented in Group 3 size, though measuring in at less than five inches long and offering a feathery lightness in hand. Well-suited to travel carry or clenching, this pipe maintains the perfect proportions for which the White Spot is known, with a wide transition giving way to a low-set, cylindrical shank. A sleek, tapering stem pairs to the shank, the slender outline of the aft side doing well to balance the presence of the bowl. Said bowl stands atop a rounded heel and cants forward gently, its walls taking on a slight bit of rounded taper toward the rim, all while leaving plenty of room to showcase the Shell Briar's dark sandblast.

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: 4.82 in./122.43 mm.
  • Weight: 0.90 oz./25.51 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.50 in./38.10 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.28 in./32.51 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.28 in./32.51 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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