A Quick Cleanup for an Aldo Velani Corona 02 Rhodesian

I acquired three Aldo Velani pipes as part of a recent estate purchase; the first needed very little work and is already available on the Pipe Inventory page. The third pipe needs some more substantial help to get back into fighting shape and will be the subject of another blog post. Today, I’m dealing with…

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New Life for a Gardesana Pecher Bent Egg Mini-Warden

This pipe caught my eye recently while digging through my box of refurbs-in-waiting. Made by Gardesana, this “Pecher” series Bent Egg is what I call a Mini-Warden, a pipe fitted with a shorter version of a Churchwarden stem. Here is the pipe as it looked when I first brought it to the worktable. Overall, it…

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A Quick Refresh for a Grabow CDL

Sometimes a product doesn’t catch on with the public until some time after it has been put to bed – movies that scrape by at the box office but sell millions of copies when released to DVD; books that sit on shelves or in boxes until someone writes a golden review; pipes that don’t do…

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Cleaning Up a Wire Rusticated Savinelli Extra 2005

This is another of the pipes I picked up over the summer, a good-looking silver-mounted Savinelli Extra 2005 Apple. The pipe came to me in decent estate condition. It was dirty, of course, with a fair bit of dust, grease and wax jammed into the wire-rusticated finish. The chamber carried a light cake, and there…

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A New Stem and a Refresh for a Briar-Bowled Gourd Calabash

As we move through September and people settle into their Fall routines, I’ve finally been able to get to work on some of the pipe I acquired over the summer, including this interesting, though sadly unmarked, Gourd Calabash. As you can see from this set of pictures, the pipe came to me without a stem…

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Freshening up the Smallest of the Vintage Brigham Billiards – a 1980s 201

Those of you familiar with the Brigham Shape Chart will already be aware that Brigham made many of the classic pipe shapes in a number of different sizes. Prior to the shift to European production, Brigham Billiards came in four regular sizes (Shapes 01, 02, 03 and 04) with several variants, including Tall, Chimney and…

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Preserving a Piece of Pipe History – A Peterson Patent Era P-Lip 104 Canadian

This smaller Peterson Canadian came to me in an estate lot I purchased earlier this summer. It was unremarkable at first glance, but I soon took another look at it after noticing the Peterson stamp on top of the slim oval shank. This series of pics shows the pipe as it was when I first…

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A New Stem for a Hardcastle’s Seaton 172 Billiard

This week’s estate pipe restoration is the fitting of a new stem to a Hardcastle’s Seaton Billiard stummel, which came to me as part of a large lot of pipes for repair. As this series of pics shows, the stummel was in very good, if not unsmoked, condition. It had clearly been without a stem…

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The Last of Five Castello Pipes – an Old Antiquari KKKK Saddle Billiard with Fumee Finish

The fifth and final pipe in the Castello lot, an Old Antiquari KKKK Saddle Billiard, was arguably the most difficult of the lot to refurbish, not because of any major flaws or damages, but rather due to its regular, if not favourite, position in the owner’s rotation. While just as well cared for as the…

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Quick Cleanup for a Castello Old Antiquari KKKK

The fourth of five Castello pipes sent to me for cleanup and sale is a sandblasted Old Antiquari KKKK 1/8th Bent in what I will label as a Billiard despite its slightly unusual contours. While the rear line of the bowl is straight, the front of the bowl is slightly concave, giving the pipe a…

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