Dunhill: Shell Briar (4117) (2023) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-015-7694

The Bulldog is a classic shape, of that there is no doubt, with a distinctly muscular design that focuses the attention on the bowl. Dunhill has here rendered that shape in an interesting way with this Group-4-sized "17", featuring muscular shaping cues and a powerful squatness. The shank here pushes out from a wide transition and takes on a firm, diamond shape which informs the shape of the stem: a sleek taper of black vulcanite. The bowl is remarkably squat, resting on a firm heel and featuring a firm, high-set ridge that denotes a rounded taper toward the rim. This piece is dressed in the crisp and darkly stained sandblast of the Shell Briar series, boasting a serious aesthetic 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: 5.25 in./133.35 mm.
  • Weight: 1.55 oz./44.00 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.47 in./37.34 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.33 in./33.78 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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