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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Rehabilitating a Brigham Executive 604 Large Billiard with a Seized Stem

I’ve mentioned in an earlier post that Brigham offered the ever-popular Straight Billiard shape in several sizes and considered them from the start as separate product offerings rather than variations on a theme. Thus there are three shape numbers for a Brigham Billiard – 02 for a small pipe , 03 for a medium pipe,…

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Quick Clean Up of a Brigham 341 Medium Bent Acorn

This Brigham Bent Acorn came to me in an estate lot purchase some time ago. I pulled it from my refurb box the other day and decided that it was time to give it a freshening up. It’s an interesting pipe in a number of ways – smaller than a lot of my Brigs, I’d…

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A Bevy of Brighams Part I

Anyone who has glanced at this site knows I am a long-standing fan of Brigham pipes, especially those made in Toronto, Canada before production moved to Italy and France after 2001. Knowing my pipe predilections, then, it will not be surprising to anyone that when I had the opportunity to acquire a small collection of…

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Reclaiming a Hard-Smoked Brigham 4 Dot Prince

I picked this Prince shaped pipe off eBay some time before Christmas. As I recall, the online photos weren’t the best quality but sufficient to show that this pipe had seen some hard use. When I brought it to the worktable, the scars of the past were obvious – the bowl was thickly caked, the…

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