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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A Marathon Restoration of a 1990’s Acrylic-Stemmed Brigham 576 Bent Tulip

I have to say at the outset here that I am very happy with the results of this restoration. Though I had to contend with multiple issues – a tenon replacement, scorch marks, tooth damage and dented briar among them – the end results speak for themselves. This pipe caught my eye the minute it…

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Refreshing a Petite Brigham 605 Dublin

Like many other pipe makers, Brigham started its lineup with the most popular pipe shapes. Shapes 01 through 04 in the Brigham Shape Chart are Billiards, from small to large, and the next three shapes, 05, 06 & 07 are Dublins. This pipe on the worktable today is the smallest Dublin offered in the classic…

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Another New Shape – Freshening a 1990s Vintage Brigham 360

I am continually impressed by the seemingly endless array of pipe shapes out there – Billiards, Pots, Bulldogs, Apples, Rhodesians, Canadians, Blowfish, Ramses, Cavaliers and so many more! “Pure”, or easily classifiable, pipe shapes are fascinating enough; then there are the many crossover or hybrid shapes that seem to encompass characteristics of several classic pipe…

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The Official Unofficial Brigham Shape Chart v2.0 is Live!

It’s been almost a year since my last update to the Brigham Shape Chart, and I’m thrilled to announce that Version 2.0 is now live! This new version incorporates a dozen or so new pipe shapes and a LOT more images, so have a look!  Want your own copy for reference? Click the Download link…

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Adding a Brigham Shape 49 Bent Apple to the Collection

I started collecting Brigham pipes almost accidentally – my dad smoked Brighams, so it was natural that my first briar was also a Brigham – and the collecting began in earnest several years ago when I embarked on the Brigham Shape Chart project. Since then, I have managed to catalog over 80 vintage Brigham pipe…

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Restoring an Unusual 1990’s Era Chunky 5-Dot Brigham Bent Brandy 36

After working on a few pipes for friends, I decided to pull one of my own out of the refurb box! This 5-Dot Brigham bent brandy is an unusual piece for several reasons. It’s the first example of a Shape 36 I have come across, which is always exciting for me, and the shape itself…

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Brigham Shape Chart v1.2 Now Live!

As promised, here is the latest version of the Official Unofficial Brigham Shape Chart, v1.2! This iteration of the Chart includes a few more pipe shapes gathered over the last 6 months or so and a LOT more pictures linked to specific shape numbers. I’ve also updated the PDF version for download. Pics are not…

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Showing Off My Pot as Canada Preps for Legal Cannabis

The title of this post is a bit misleading – ok, it’s a complete bait and switch. I’m not talking about THAT pot at all (which should, of course, stay as far away from your prized briars, meers and cobs as humanly possible). Rather, I’m writing about a Patent Era Brigham 145 Extra Large Pot…

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Adding a Patent Era Brigham 478 Townsman to the Collection

I’m excited to post this blog entry today as it marks the addition of a new shape to my collection of vintage Brigham pipes. Besides satisfying my “gotta get ’em all” fixation, this pipe also hits all the collector’s marks for age, condition and grade. This time I’m working on a Patent Era (1938-1955) Brigham…

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