Dunhill: Shell Briar with Silver (6117) (2019) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-015-7527

Dunhill has two Bulldogs on their shape chart, the "04" and the "17." This "17" Bulldog by Dunhill is both squatter and wider than the "04," and one can think of the two forms as analogous to the differences between a Pot and a Billiard. Therefore, the broad chamber of the "17" ensures leisurely smoking sessions while feeling robust in hand. The shank and stem here both taper extremely subtly out of the junction, placing further emphasis on the bowl and its high-set ridgeline. Rendered here in robust Group 6 size, the stummel showcases the rugged texture of Dunhill's Shell Briar finish and features a shimmering silver accent.

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: 6.30 in./160.02 mm.
  • Weight: 1.90 oz./53.86 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.49 in./37.85 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.32 in./33.53 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.89 in./22.61 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.01 in./51.05 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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