Dunhill: Root Briar Bent Billiard Churchwarden (DR**) (2023) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-015-7560

Dunhill doesn't produce a lot of Churchwardens, and when they do, the long-stemmed shapes tend to be part of the English marque's Quaint series. That being said, this bent Billiard Churchwarden doesn't bear the marque's Quaint stamping, putting it in a category all its own and making it exceptionally rather unique. Shape-wise, this piece boasts a stocky bowl that stands at the fore of an upturned shank and a long, arcing mouthpiece, the latter of which promotes a comfortable smoking posture. This already unique piece is further distinguished by the rare Root Briar finish, which highlights gorgeous grain across the bowl's flanks.

Dunhill's "DR" designation on certain Root Briars signifies a special class of pipes: Dead Root. Like all Root Briars, these pieces maintain flawless briar, but with especially choice grain on display. Before the Root Briar line's introduction in 1931, "DR" was stamped on Bruyere pipes that showed handsome grain, but Dunhill wanted a more grain-defining finish, leading to the creation of the Root Briar. Starting in 1979, The White Spot extended the grade further — replacing the letter grading system with stars, increasing in prestige from one to seven. A Dead Root pipe represents the best of Dunhill's standard selection, yet remains quite rare compared to the English marque's overall lineup.

--Davin Hylton
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 9.45 in./240.03 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.03 in./51.56 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Churchwarden
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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