Restoring a Unique Brigham 5-Dot Bent Brandy

Today I’m back digging around in the estate lot of pipes I purchased last summer. Along with the Brigham 5W1 I wrote about last time, the lot included another Brigham – an interesting 5-Dot Bent Brandy. I have pulled it out of the refurb box several times since I acquired it, trying to get a…

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Reclaiming a Damaged 1960s-vintage Brigham 229L Large Author

I’m asked fairly regularly about where and how I source the estate pipes featured in the blog. I have bought many individually or in small groups from antique shops and fairs, but every now and then I buy an estate lot. Last summer I did just that, bringing home a mixed batch of about 60…

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Reviving an Early Brigham Non-Patent Club

About a year ago, I wrote about the rediscovery of Brigham’s early line of non-Patent pipes and the subsequent restoration of two examples. I recently acquired a third Non-Patent Brigham pipe to add to the collection, this time in what Brigham called a Club shape, otherwise known as a Lovat. Here is how the pipe…

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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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Pinning a Cracked Peterson Christmas 2012 B11

Here is another pipe from the box of repairs I’ve been working through recently. This time I’m working on a lovely Peterson Christmas 2012 B11 with a very unfortunate issue – a long crack running up the bowl. Ouch! Here is the pipe as it looked when I first brought it to the worktable. I…

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A Quick Refresh for a Stunning 1980's Vintage Brigham 354

The Coronavirus pandemic is keeping most of us in self-isolation, and I am no exception. While I am missing my usual wanders through antique shops, I have a fairly full box of estate pipes to work on while holed up. This Brigham 354 is one such pipe, acquired as part of a larger eBay lot.…

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Stem Repairs for a Unique Late 1980s Brigham 5-Dot

Here’s an interesting Brigham pipe for those with a penchant for something out of the ordinary. I spotted this 5-Dot on eBay and though I admit that the shape isn’t really my thing, I was nonetheless captivated. I entered a bid and won the auction. In due time, the pipe arrived at the house and…

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Major Stem Repairs and a New Aluminum Tenon for a 1980s-Era Brigham 365 Bent Acorn

Today’s post is another trial of the replacement aluminum tenon/filter holders I designed and made in my shop for use in repairing vintage Canadian-made Brigham pipes. If you missed the earlier post on the development of these tenons, you can find it here. As I’ve mentioned previously, Brigham moved to the newer composite tenons in…

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Freshening a Republic Era Peterson Kildare 01

I found this Peterson Kildare 01 at a local antique shop a while back and decided it was high time to spiff it up a bit. First a little research. Mark Irwin’s exhaustive work on Peterson pipes, The Peterson Pipe Book, provides this information in the section entitled Collector’s Guide: Kildare  1965 –  First issue of…

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Reviving a 1990’s Brigham 123 Bent Billiard in time for the Holidays

Happy New Year, everyone! This post is deliberately going live after the holidays to avoid spoiling the Christmas surprise for one lucky piper. I was contacted by a lady who was on the hunt for a few vintage Brigham estate pipes to present to her partner as a Christmas gift. Fortuitously, I had a few…

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