Tenon and Shank Repair on a 1972 Dunhill Shell 6475 F/T Poker Sitter

The bisected Dunhill 6475 Poker Sitter on my worktable today was sent to me by a fellow Ontario pipe collector to have the broken tenon replaced in order to make the pipe ready for sale. Judging by the pictures the owner sent me, the break looked clean and the rest of the pipe appeared to…

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Repairing a Cracked Horn Shank Extension on a Stanwell Buffalo

Needing a break from all the Brigham and Blatter pipes I’ve worked on lately, I dug down through my box of estate pipes and came up with this Stanwell Buffalo. It is a Shape # 140, which Bas Steven’s list of Stanwell shapes identifies as a “Small freehand, slightly bent, full mouthpiece by Jess Chonowitsch”.…

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The Repair I Should Have Done – Revisiting an Old Meerschaum Billiard

Back in November of last year, I wrote about a meerschaum billiard with a loose bone tenon joint. The threads in the meerschaum shank had worn and the tenon could no longer get a firm grip on the stummel. My solution at the time was to build up the threads on the tenon with CA…

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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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Restoring a Patent Era Brigham Executive Statesman

I could not pass up the opportunity to add this Brigham Statesman to my collection. Despite its flaws, including a battered rim and a large bite-through in the lower bit, the pipe was in decent vintage shape and was certainly restorable. Besides, I didn’t have the “bent stacked billiard” Statesman shape in the collection, so…

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Restoring a Pre-Republic K&P Dublin Sterling 207 Pot

After 16 days my doctors finally tired of me haunting the hospital hallways and sent me home to convalesce in the relative comfort of my own four walls. I’ve still got a ways to go before I am declared fit, but I’m moving in the right direction. Today I was feeling relatively energetic, so I…

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Quick Chip Fill on a Patent Era Brigham 390 Smooth Canadian

I spotted this Patent Era Brigham 390 Canadian pipe on eBay and being the Brigham junkie that I am, I could not resist bidding. The listing was very scant on information and photos, but made mention of a chip/dent from a possible fall. When the pipe arrived in the mail, I had a chance to give…

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Reclaiming a Hard-Smoked 1969 Dunhill Tanshell “K” Apple

I stumbled across this Dunhill Tanshell on eBay near the end of the auction period. The (relatively) low bid price told me that there was probably something significantly wrong with the pipe, the auction listing, or both. Curious, I read through the auction description, which was almost ridiculously brief, but accurate as far as it went:…

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Undue Haste Leads to Shank Repair on an Old Meerschaum Billiard

I found this somewhat battered meerschaum billiard at a local antique sale recently. It’s unmarked, so I can’t even begin to guess at who made it, but the Bakelite stem with orifice style opening puts the year of production somewhere between 1907 (the year Bakelite was invented) and the late 1920’s when orific stems were…

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Resuscitating a Stanwell Reg’d No. Brazilia 85 Bent Billiard with a Broken Horn

There is still a handful of pipes from the Danish Lot I purchased last Spring waiting for my attention. We’ve already seen one example of a Stanwell Brazilia from this estate collection; here’s the second of three pipes from this series I’ll be restoring. This Brazilia is a Shape 85 Bent Billiard with a few more years…

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