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Restored to former glory
- and already "broken in":

"Restored to its former glory" is an expression usually associated with old tables and chairs, but it is very appropriate for re-furbished pipes. The briar of a pipe bought in 1965 may have been 70 to 80 years old at that time - it is now over 100 years since that briar plant took root somewhere in the Mediterranean. And, what's more, the pipe has been "broken in" so that it should smoke beautifully from the start of its new life.

Latest update December 5, 2018

Refurbished Pipe Accessories
Refurbished pipes for Sale
Let a Professional refurbish your pipes or Do It Yourself

Pipe Restoration - Before and After

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These pipes come from many sources - an estate, a smoker who has had to give up, a pipe that just didn't suit the smoker. They have one thing in common, they are pipes from the leading brands - Dunhill, Charatan, Savinelli, Stanwell, Comoy, Larsen, quality Freeforms, GBD, etc; they have original mouthpieces and haven't been battered. When new, many of these refurbished pipes would have been in the Prestige Pipe class.
We have the pipe sterilised, cleaned and polished to restore its mature, dignified appearance - like a fine piece of antique furniture. Now that they have done service for one proud owner, they are ready to give pleasure to their next owner at a fraction of their current new price - well worth looking at!


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ACCESSORIES

 

 


Decatur Pipe Cabinet


Decatur Pipe CabinetDecatur Pipe CabinetThe Decatur company was originally in Decatur, Indiana, USA.
They specialised in making very good, well-priced, smokers items of spliced Walnut.
It appears that the factory has now closed, but used Decatur items are still in demand.
This pipe cabinet would make an excellent Christmas gift.
Keeps all the pipe paraphernalia neat and in one place.

270-RfDecCab R1995.00  Sold on preview days

The cabinet can be free-standing, or the legs can be removed for the cabinet to go on a shelf or desk.
The outside of the cabinet is in excellent condition.
Decatur Pipe CabinetThe doors close securely with magnets.
The insides of the doors have a few dings, and the rubber holders for the hanging pipes are slightly worn.
But the rubbers are still functional and can possibly be moisturised.
Other than that the condition is good.
The drawers slide smoothly on cleats.

 

Decatur Pipe Cabinet

 

Dimensions:
Side to side:  49cm
Front to back: 37cm
Height from the ground: 65cm,
or without legs 43cm (Legs are detachable)
Hanging space for 20 pipes
Standing space for 18 pipes
2 drawers for cleaning accessories, etc.

One of the drawers seals well enough to be used as a humidifier for tobacco or several cigars.

 

 

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DUNHILL
The durability and cool sweet smoking of the Alfred Dunhill pipe with its “White Spot” trademark are universally acclaimed. Made from the finest quality briar, the “Dunhill” represents more than 90 separate processes over a period of several months. Rigorous standards ensure that each pipe will smoke perfectly from the start and, with proper care, will never lose its original sweetness. The flawless briars are perfect – no fills, no flaws, no pits; only 5 out of every 100 ebauchons entering the factory leave as a Dunhill.
Irrespective of shape, size or finish, all Dunhill pipes are of one quality only – the finest.
Dunhill Pipes are priced by size - Groups 1 (small) to 6 - and finish. Their stampings indicate these details and the date of manufacture. Pipes from the older eras of refurbished Dunhills appear to be somewhat larger in any given group than their modern counterparts.
Modern pipes have 4 digit shape numbers, and are now stamped with “The White Spot” between “Alfred Dunhill’s”.

254-RfDHSLBFT R1815.00 Start to Shop
Dunhill Shell Briar Shape LB F/T Large Group 4 (would be Group 5 in today’s classification)
Dunhill Shell Briar Shape LB F/T Group 4 Shape LB Billiard
This large pipe has been carefully smoked.
The shank must have swollen and cracked, and a metal band was fitted; but the original mouthpiece appears to have been retained.
As a result the fit is far from perfect.
In 1976 numbering of Dunhill pipes changed to 3, 4, 5 digits – so this was manufactured well before then. Click to see more angles and sizes
Weight 54g

 

Dunhill Bruyere 4103 Group 4 BilliardDunhill Bruyere 4103 Group 4 Billiard

254-RfDHB4103 R3500.00  Sold on preview days on preview days*Dunhill Bruyere 4103 Group 4 Billiard

Dunhill Bruyere 4103 Group 4 Billiard
A stunning Bruyere on which the colour has faded to almost a root briar colour which shows the beautiful Birdseye grain over much of the bowl. Of course you see the matching cross grain as well.
A slightly chunkier billiard it sits comfortably in the hand.
A slight dent on the rim is evident, apparently from “knocking out”, but the rest of the pipe is in excellent condition – inside the bowl too.
Original mouthpiece.
In the stamp, the suffix 0 is smaller than the D in England, which dates the pipe to 1960.
Weight 42g

 


Dunhill Bruyere 4103 Group 4 Billiard

Dunhill Bruyere 4103 Group 4 Billiard

 

 

 Dunhill Shell 142F/T DublinDunhill Shell 142F/T Dublin

254-RfDHS142FT  R1950.00 Start to ShopDunhill Shell 142F/T Dublin

Dunhill Shell 142F/T Dublin
Lovely deep sandblasting showing straight grain on the bowl, cross grain on the underside of the shank.
And very lightweight – an indication of quality.
A narrow metal band has been fitted to reinforce the shank, or to support a hairline crack.
The dating was unfortunately smoothed over, probably when the band was fitted, but definitely pre-1976 when the old shape numbers were dropped.
Original mouthpiece,  excellent condition.
Weight 28g

Dunhill Shell 142F/T Dublin

 

Dunhill Shell 40 F/T Lovat    Dunhill Shell 40 F/T Lovat

254-RfDHS40FT  R1250.00 Start to ShopDunhill Shell 40 F/T Lovat

 

Dunhill Shell 40 F/T Lovat
With the many years of careful handling the finish has rubbed down to a smooth soft feel and the colour reveals the original brown wood. The smooth base shows a good tight grain.
This Lovat has a little wear on the rim, otherwise really well looked after.
Replacement mouthpiece.
The 5 after the Made in England is the same size as the D – so the pipe was manufactured in 1945.
Amazing age, and it will still smoke well.
Weight 37g

 

 

 

 

 

 



Dunhill Shell 40 F/T Lovat

 

 Dunhill Shell Briar 60F/T Saddle Billiard      Dunhill Bruyere 60F/T Billiard

254-RfDHS60FT  R1950.00 Start to Shop

Dunhill Shell Briar 60F/T Saddle BilliardDunhill Shell Briar 60F/T Saddle Billiard
A venerable Dunhill pipe.
Classic deep sandblasting shows Birdseye on both sides of the bowl and cross grain on the polished underside of the bowl and shank. The ridges of the sandblasting show lovely glinting highlights.
Fitted with a sterling silver band - Mattner hallmark. Probably to strengthen the shank.
And very lightweight too (even with the silver band) – a real indication of quality.
Original mouthpiece.
The dating was unfortunately smoothed over, probably when the band was fitted, but definitely pre-1976 when the old shape numbers were dropped.
In fact there is a PA faintly visible under MA – so this may come from the era of patented shapes which ended in about 1955.
Weight 30g

Dunhill Shell Briar 60F/T Saddle Billiard

 

Dunhill Shell Briar 41031 Taper Billiard Group 4        Dunhill Bruyere 4103 Group 4 Billiard


 

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Prolong the life of your favourite briar with a little more care and attention.

Professional Refurbishment.

Take a look at those old discarded pipes (discoloured, sour, damaged) - some of them may easily justify the cost of a professional repair or refurbishment. The bowl will be reamed, cleaned and sweetened with "mead", and the whole pipe polished to restore its dignified appearance - only the dents will remain as a reminder of past pleasures.
As well as replacement mouthpieces, a hole in the bowl or a cracked shank can be repaired.
You won't be able to buy a new branded pipe for the R100 to R150 the professional job may cost you. Bring in your pipe for assessment.


D I Y Refurbishment

Here is a step-by-step procedure:

There are 6 distinct cleaning processes:
1. Removing the build-up of tars and juices which collect inside the shank and mouthpiece, and in the base of the bowl. Work over a tray or dish, lined with paper. Remove the mouthpiece from the pipe. Insert the nozzle of the CGA Pressurised Pipe Cleaner spray into the peg of the stem and press down for about a second to release the spray. Repeat for the shank. Use a bristle cleaner to really scrub the inside of the shank and mouthpiece. Or you could dip the bristle in a solvent (eg Savinelli Pipe Clean, or some form of alcohol). You could pour or spray just a little solvent into the base of the inside of the bowl and work the bristle cleaner through from the slightly tilted shank.
Try not to splash the solvent on the outside of the bowl or mouthpiece. Be careful not to start a hole in the base of the bowl through excessive twisting - and for very bent pipes go easy round the bend in the mouthpiece.
You have finished when the pipe cleaner comes through clean.
2. Keeping the carbon layer under control. When necessary, ream the carbon layer inside the bowl to an even thickness of about 1.5mm (R1 coin) - the precise, high-tech Senior reamer will do the job comfortably. Wipe the inside of the bowl with a little of the solvent.
3. Polishing the vulcanite mouthpiece to remove the bitter taste. Remove the oxidation from the mouthpiece with a mild abrasive (eg Dunhill Pipe Mouthpiece Polish, Savinelli Stem Polish or Jeweller's Rouge). This might require vigorous and lengthy rubbing (a whole TV programme). If very dull and green, a buffing wheel is a big help - remove the mouthpiece to prevent accidental breakage. With the buffing wheel, take care not to buff too hard on one spot - the vulcanite may burn. If the logo is stamped on the mouthpiece it will possibly disappear.
(A recent comment from a customer was that a buffing wheel is necessary when using "jeweller's rouge" but that he found a good hand rub sufficient when using Savinelli Stem Polish regularly.)
Watchpoint - water based cleaners or abrasives (eg Handy Andy, Vim) or alcohols (eg Meths, Benzine) may add to the discolouration of the outside of the mouthpiece - extra polishing will then be necessary.
4. Beauty treatment for the outside of the briar bowl. Polish the outside of the bowl with a wax polish (eg Dunhill Bowl Polish; Savinelli Bowl Polish) and a clean cloth. Again a buffing wheel can help - remember to remove the mouthpiece before starting.
5. Long term protection for the pipe.
Obsidian Pipe Stem Oil prevents oxidation.
And the Dunhill Silicone Pipe Care Cloth: 100% waxed cotton protects the whole pipe. Rub lightly over the surface of bowl and mouthpiece after cleaning and polishing. Protects the pipe with an invisible film of silicone wax.
6. Check the tenon (peg).
Does it slide easily in and out? If not, remove sticky residue with pipe cleaner spray or liquid, then lubricate it by wiping with a silicone cloth, or rubbing with a pencil.

Complete Cleaning Kits are available from Savinelli (sold separately), and Dunhill

Finally, leave the pipe to stand bowl down for at least 24 hours before smoking.

NB Read about cleaning your Meerschaum - a very different process.

Prevention is better than Cure!
1. Don't oversmoke a pipe (especially your favourite) - it will become saturated and turn "sour".
Do rotate your pipes to allow each to dry out properly.
2. Do polish the mouthpiece regularly, don't let the oxidation get the upper hand.
3. Do allow the carbon layer to build in your new pipe - right to the bottom of the bowl - and then keep it reamed to about 1.5mm thickness to prevent cracking.
4. If yours is a filter pipe - do use the filter or use the adapter. Don't smoke without one of them, even once, it can lead to an ill-fitting mouthpiece through a swollen shank. This is almost impossible to rectify.
5. To prevent breakage, do hold close to the join when removing the mouthpiece from the bowl, and don't remove the mouthpiece until the pipe is cool.
6. Don't use a sharp pointed instrument to clean out the bowl - you may drill a hole in the bottom.
7. Do hold your pipe by the bowl (not the stem) when "tapping out" the ash; and don't knock it against a hard surface - you may break the shank or mouthpiece or crack the bowl. Fit a "cork knocker" to a handy ashtray.
The general principle to bear in mind is that the cleaner and drier you keep your pipe, the more enjoyable it will be to smoke - and the longer it will continue to give pleasure.

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