Freshening a Pre-Cadogan Comoy’s Guildhall 28 Billiard

For many Billiard lovers, there is no pipe quite as billiard-y as an English Billiard, and this Comoy’s Guildhall 28 is a prime example of English pipemakers’ mastery of this classic pipe shape. The Comoy’s Shape Chart published on Pipedia.org identifies the Shape 28 as a “Billiard, Straight, Medium”. In practice, this translates to a pipe 5-1/2″ long with a 1-3/4″ tall by 1-1/4″ wide … Continue reading Freshening a Pre-Cadogan Comoy’s Guildhall 28 Billiard

Refreshing a 2009 Blatter Select Panel Horn

Here is another pipe from my Iqaluit piper’s collection – a striking Blatter Panel Horn. It didn’t need a lot of work, but I though you might enjoy seeing the pipe for its own sake. The pipe arrived on my worktable in very nice estate condition. Even through a layer of dust and grime the briar grain stood out as something special. The carver had … Continue reading Refreshing a 2009 Blatter Select Panel Horn

Quick Refresh of a Brigham 454 Smooth Bent Pot

Like many collectors, I feel a little jolt of adrenaline every time I add a new pipe shape to my growing array of Brigham pipes. That jolt gets bigger when a new shape comes in a mid to high grade pipe like this Brigham 4 Dot. The pipe arrived on my worktable in decent estate condition. There was quite a bit of lava on the … Continue reading Quick Refresh of a Brigham 454 Smooth Bent Pot

“Tip & Tail” Repairs for a 1970’s Brigham 287 Bent Dublin

One fun side effect of cataloging my pipes in support of the Brigham Shape Chart project was that I learned which pipe shapes I owned already, and by extension, which shapes I did not have in the collection. So I was pleased when this Brigham 287 showed up in a recent estate purchase. This 2-Dot Bent Dublin fills in one more spot in my growing … Continue reading “Tip & Tail” Repairs for a 1970’s Brigham 287 Bent Dublin

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, and 04 for a large pipe. The pipe on the … Continue reading Rehabilitating a Brigham Executive 604 Large Billiard with a Seized Stem

Quick Refresh of a Very Lightly Smoked Blatter Montreal Red Dot Lovat

Blatter & Blatter have been producing high quality pipes in Montreal since 1907, established in that city only a year after Brigham set up shop in Toronto. I’ve wanted to work on a Blatter pipe for some time, so when this Red Dot Lovat came up on eBay, I snapped it up. It was listed in used, estate condition, but when it arrived it became obvious … Continue reading Quick Refresh of a Very Lightly Smoked Blatter Montreal Red Dot Lovat

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 it a good once-over, and was not disappointed. The pipe … Continue reading Quick Chip Fill on a Patent Era Brigham 390 Smooth Canadian