A Sneak Peek at the Brigham Book – Patent Era Pipes

I’m switching things up this week. Instead of a pipe restoration, I thought you might enjoy a sneak peek at some content from the Brigham pipes book. In this blog, we’re going to take a closer look at Brigham Patent Era pipes, those made between 1938 and 1955. 1938 was a big year for Brigham…

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A New Stem and System Transplant for a Huge Brigham 3044 Oversize Billiard

I have had this late-1960s or very early 1970s Brigham 3044 Oversize Billiard in my box of refurbs for at least the last year if not longer. I’ve checked on it several times over that period, but I’ve never been able to tackle the work it needed until now. The problem has not been a…

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A New Stem for a Brigham 4W5 Freehand

The pipe on the worktable today is a good example of how Brigham made good use of old stock left over from discontinued product lines. I think this practice was very much in line with Herb Brigham’s penchant for tinkering with pipe shapes and his son Michael’s focus on efficiency and cost-savings in the 1980s.…

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Major Stem Repairs and a New Aluminum Tenon for a 1980s-Era Brigham 365 Bent Acorn

Today’s post is another trial of the replacement aluminum tenon/filter holders I designed and made in my shop for use in repairing vintage Canadian-made Brigham pipes. If you missed the earlier post on the development of these tenons, you can find it here. As I’ve mentioned previously, Brigham moved to the newer composite tenons in…

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Cleaning Up a 1960’s Era Brigham Prince for the Collection

I acquired this Bent Prince from the same vendor that sold me the Brigham Saddle Bulldog I wrote up back in July.  They share the same honey-gold stain that really shows off the grain in this old briar. As this series of pics illustrates, the pipe was in overall good shape when I brought it…

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Tenon Transplant and New Stem for a 1970’s Brigham 113 Prince

Sourcing the correct materials to restore vintage pipes is a constant task, and one made more complicated as the years go by. The youngest of the Canadian-made Brigham pipes are now nearly 20 years old, production having shifted to France and Italy in 2001. At about the same time the original aluminum tenon/filter holders were…

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Quick Refresh of a 1990’s Era Brigham 321 Woodstock

Today’s restoration is really more of a very good cleaning. This Brigham 321 (which Brigham called a Woodstock shape but other may label a Zulu) was well cared for by its previous owner as evidenced by the lack of dents, dings and scratches in the briar and vulcanite. The pipe had certainly been previously enjoyed…

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New Stem & Dot for a 1960’s Brigham 104 Billiard

Brigham made a lot of pipes in their Toronto factory over nearly a century of production in Canada, so estate Brigham pipes are fairly common, especially in Ontario. Available in a wide range of quality and price points, there was a Brigham pipe to suit every style and budget and those pipers that loved them…

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Quick Cleanup and Stem Patch for a 1960’s Brigham 316 Straight Saddle Bulldog

I found this Brigham Bulldog on eBay quite some time ago and decided it was high time I cleaned it up for the collection. The pipe was in rather good estate condition when I brought it to the worktable. The main issues were a deeply oxidized stem, some rim tar and associated darkening and patches…

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Scorched Briar and Unique Stamping Reveal a Part of Brigham Pipe History

A DadsPipes reader contacted me a little while ago to ask about a Brigham pipe he’d picked up at a local antique shop. Initially he had planned to clean up the pipe himself, but after running into possible burnout problems, he decided to send the pipe my way for an opinion. I was sent these…

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