Meerschaum Rescue & Re-Stem

The pipe on the bench today was sent to me by a gentleman who has become a regular client of mine over the last year or so. We have been restoring the pipes in his extensive collection batch by batch and just when he thought he was finished, a few loose stummels were discovered at…

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A Quick Cleanup on a Lovely Ashton XXX 27 Pebble Grain Canadian

As some of you may be aware, I have recently started doing repairs and restorations for a Toronto-based pipe seller. Some of these jobs are more involved but many are straightforward projects like this Ashton Pebble Grain, which really just needed a bit of sprucing up. As you can see in this series of shots,…

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Restoring a 1930’s Pre-Cadogan Comoy’s Extraordinaire 800 Smooth Pot

If you are a lover of oversized or extra large pipes, then this post is for you! This Comoy’s Extraordinaire 800 Straight Billiard was sent to me recently along with a few other pipes for restoration. There was a short laundry list of tasks to get this pipe ready for a new steward – a…

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Refreshing a 1982 Dunhill Chestnut 51033 Billiard

Not all estate pipes need major refurbishment work to bring them back to life, but, like everything else, benefit from regular cleaning and, every so often, a bit more involved TLC. The pipe on the worktable this time is a handsome Dunhill Chestnut in a classic Straight Billiard shape. It presented in reasonably good estate…

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Shank Repair & a New Stem for a Brebbia Palladio

Following closely behind broken tenons on the list of the most common pipe repairs is the shank crack. Lengthwise cracks – those that run up the shank from the mortise – are usually the result of the same accident that broke the tenon and are typically easily fixed with the addition of a shank band.…

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Refreshing a Savinelli Veritas 316KS

Unlike the vast majority of estate pipes that pass across my worktable, whether found at antique shops, estate sales or, like this pipe, sent in by their current stewards, there was actually nothing wrong with this Savinelli Veritas 316KS when it arrived in my mailbox. Instead, it had been sent to me for a bit…

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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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Renewing a Beautiful Castello “Castello” G Bent Billiard

This is the second of five Castello pipes I have been asked to restore and sell. Last time, we lookd at a sandblasted Castello Old Antiquari Oom Paul. This week we’re cleaning up a Castello “Castello” G Bent Billiard. Castello was founded by Carlo Scotti in Italy in 1947 and has become known for its…

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Sprucing Up a Beautiful Scantic Denmark 401 Billiard

This pipe is another one of those that has been languishing in my refurb box for quite some time – long enough that I can’t remember exactly when or where I acquired it! High time to give it some attention. Here is how the pipe looked when I brought it to the worktable. It was…

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Freshening Up a Tired Peterson Shamrock 268

Here is another eBay estate pipe find sent directly to me by the buyer for restoration. This time, I’m working on a Shamrock 268 by Peterson that looked to be in fairly good condition when it arrived. The last pic above should give you a clue as to what was lurking inside the stummel –…

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