A Quick Cleanup of a Forgotten BBB 2-Star Small Apple

I purchased this little BBB 2-Star pipe on eBay quite a while ago, but was busy with other things when it arrived. I put it in my box of pipes to refurbish and forgot totally about it until it surfaced today. It looked like a quick cleanup so I pulled it out and gave it a closer inspection. It’s a smaller Apple shaped pipe – … Continue reading A Quick Cleanup of a Forgotten BBB 2-Star Small Apple

Cleaning Up a BBB 2-Star Bulldog

Here we go with another bulldog! I don’t really know how I managed to acquire yet another example of this classic pipe shape, but there you have it. This one is a BBB 2-Star straight bulldog that arrived in pretty good shape. The rim was tarred and had a few small dings around the edge, and there were three or four dents around the outside … Continue reading Cleaning Up a BBB 2-Star Bulldog

Quick Clean-Up of a Mackenzie Extra 1452

After a few more challenging refurbs, it was nice to change things up with a relatively straightforward one. This Mackenzie Extra bent pipe came out of my refurb box quite dirty – tarry rim, dings and dents, oxidized stem, etc – but even through the dirt one could plainly see that the grain on this one would be something special. Cross-grain on the sides and … Continue reading Quick Clean-Up of a Mackenzie Extra 1452

A Quick Refurb of a BBB 2 Star Billiard

I found this BBB 2 Star Billiard at a local antiques and collectibles sale. It was in rather good shape other than a very tarry rim with a few visible dents. The stampings were crisp – the BBB 2 Star logo on the left shank, with “London Made” over “385” on the right shank. The original stem was intact, along with its own BBB logo … Continue reading A Quick Refurb of a BBB 2 Star Billiard