Dunhill: Tanshell Quaint Pickaxe with Silver 10mm (4) (2017)

Product Number: 002-210-0274

When one thinks of Dunhill pipes, the Pickaxe is not a shape that readily comes to mind, which is exactly why they offer these Quaint, non-shape-chart-conforming pieces. The English marque pulls this design off beautifully, with grace and poise flowing throughout the rakish and angular profile. Displaying a sharply pointed heel spur underneath a gently flaring bowl and tapered rim, it wears the natural sandblast of the Tanshell finish and is adorned with a band of sterling silver.

Created in 1951, the Tanshell marked Dunhill's fourth finish behind the Bruyere (1910), Shell Briar (1917), and Root Briar (1931); however, Dunhill didn't complete the "Tanshell" stamp until December 1951, waiting until 1952 to actually introduce the first Tanshell pipes. Considered one of the English marque's rarest, most collectible finishes, the Tanshell boasts a concise sandblast but unlike the dark-stained Shell Briar, the Tanshell is naturally stained, intended to develop a warm patina as it darkens with prolonged use over time.

— Adam M. O'Neill
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  • Length: 149.90mm
  • Weight: 27.00g
  • Bowl Height: 65.90mm
  • Chamber Depth: 48.30mm
  • Chamber Diameter: 23.10mm
  • Outside Diameter: 30.90mm
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: United Kingdom
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