Dunhill: Brothers Montgolfier First Manned Balloon Flight Shell Briar (4101) (41/42)

Product Number: 002-210-0240

Characterised by leather-bound, book-style boxes, Dunhill's limited-edition pipe sets are among the English workshop's most collectible pieces, fashioned in highly limited quantities and inspired by famed literature or historical events. The Brothers Montgolfier First Manned Balloon Flight edition celebrates the first hot air balloon and the paper-manufacturer-turned-inventor brothers who first championed that method of travel. Brothers Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier successfully navigated the first manned hot air balloon flight in 1783 after numerous experiments, thus initiating the age of human flight. 200 years later, the brothers were immortalised and inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

This particular Dunhill set commemorates the historical event with a singular rendition of the English workshop's "01" Apple shape. It bears a sterling silver accent, etched with "Montgolfier 1783" and a depiction of a hot air balloon. To match the band, the set also includes a sterling silver tamper intricately crafted in the shape of a hot air balloon. One of only 42 Shell Briar examples, this particular piece wears the series iconic sandblast and is serialised as number 41.

— Adam M. O'Neill
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  • Length: 134.70mm
  • Weight: 35.00g
  • Bowl Height: 42.40mm
  • Chamber Depth: 35.80mm
  • Chamber Diameter: 20.30mm
  • Outside Diameter: 36.40mm
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United Kingdom
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