Restored to former
- 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.
April 20, 2018
pipes for Sale
Let a Professional refurbish your pipes or Do It Yourself
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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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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”.
This “Apple” shape is perfectly proportioned, and the finish rich glowing burgundy.
A little on the small side for a Group 4 – we are offering this straight “apple” at a discounted Group 3 price
In our experience the colour will soften over time to a lighter golden brown showing plenty of hard wood as one would expect and probably mixed grain.
Stamped Made in England
Date of manufacture 2007
Unsmoked. Original box.
Dunhill “The White Spot” County Shape 4103 Classic Billiard
The newest finish from Dunhill, a lighter modern, washed, deep tan colour which tones beautifully with the Cumberland mouthpiece. The extra buffing to achieve the “washed” look results in a satin-smooth finish to these sandblasted pipes.
A look at the smooth rim of the bowl will show you the quality of the briar – strong graining with plenty of light (hard) wood. This is echoed in the sandblasted surface of the bowl – intriguing whorls and lines. Light appearance and relatively lightweight.
The stamping shows the new logo: “The White Spot” between “Alfred Dunhill’s”
Date of Manufacture – 2013 – 13 after the D (in Made in England)
Dunhill Shell Briar Shape R (Pot) Group 4
This classic Pot.is perfectly proportioned, and the colour of the Shell briar has changed to a lighter red-brown which displays the grain to its best advantage.
From the bottom right-hand “corner” of the bowl the grain ripples out to the top and around two-thirds of the sides.
The rest of the bowl is covered in matching birdseye grain.
The pipe has hardly been smoked. Excellent condition, especially considering it’s probable age.
Date of Manufacture – No indication after Made in England (no room), but the stamp “R” for the Pot shape puts it before the numbered shapes which started in about 1976.
Dunhill Shell Briar Shape 710F/T Billiard, Group 4
This classic Billiard shows a little wear on the front rim of the bowl, otherwise in very good condition.
Well-worn sandblasting shows tight birdseye and cross-grain, and the flat portion under the shank shows a good percentage of hard wood.
Standing, as is often the case with Dunhill Shell briars.
Underlined small 2 after “Made in England” indicates date of manufacture as 1962.
Dunhill Shell Briar Shape LB F/T Group 4 (would be Group 5 in today’s classification)
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.
254-Rf DHZ3109 R2275.00
Dunhill County Briar Shape 3109 Group 3 Canadian
It is not often you get a Canadian from Dunhill because of the long-shaped ebauchon required.
This is a beauty.
And the light County finish and deep sandblasting show off the lovely grain to perfection.
Excellent condition, hardly smoked.
Date of manufacture 2008
254-RfDHR120FT R4950.00 on preview days*
Dunhill Root briar 120 F/T Group 4
What magnificent specimen of Root Briar.
What a magnificent size – it would never be categorised as a Group 4 today.
The inside bowl is a full 5cm deep.
And the grain is stunning too – Birdseye on each side, with matching cross-grain front and back, and across the rim.
This pipe has hardly been smoked and has recently been fitted with a Dunhill 9 mm filter mouthpiece.
Date of Manufacture 1970 – 0 after the D (in Made in England) and the same size as the D
Dunhill Shell Briar Shape 483F/T “DON” Group 4
This pipe, from the Dunhill Collectors range has been hardly smoked.
The rim and the underside of the bowl show tight cross grain, confirmed in the pattern of the sandblasting.
The pipe is stamped Shell, but the colour has faded over time to a glowing reddish-brown.
The colour and the grain have combined to give a very beautiful finish.
Date of Manufacture – no indication – but the white spot looks old.
254-RfDHS650 R1250.00 on preview days*
Dunhill Shell Briar Shape 650 Group 4
A tall Billiard – guess the briar was too good to be trimmed to classic proportions.
And it is good – years have worn away the peaks, yet the shadow of the original grain still shows.
Just look at it.
Replacement mouthpiece – but it’s the briar that counts.
More suitable for a mixture than for a flake tobacco.
Date of Manufacture 1962 – 2 after the D (in Made in England) and the same size as the D
Dunhill Shell Briar Shape 914 Group 4
This pipe has never been smoked, and the shape is no longer in general production.
It is definitely a Group 4 size – 5cm high and 21mm inside bowl.
Still the original black Shell Briar - showing beautiful graining.
There is a slight deeper patch of sandblasting in the front of the bowl.
Interesting - the Group “4” in a circle has been imprinted onto the mouthpiece, as has the “S”. Neither is printed on the bowl.
Is this is a Collector’s item?
Date of Manufacture – Not easy to tell. It has a scratchy “14” after the Made in England. The only other 914 on the Internet has a clear “15”.
Dunhill Cumberland Shape 51021 Group 5
A slightly unusual shape:
The bowl has very straight sides, but the rim is smooth and rounded. The sandblasting stops just before the top of the bowl so that the smooth rim appears to overflow the bowl. The sandblasting shows mostly birdseye grain with some cross grain front and back of the bowl.
Yet it makes a unified whole in appearance.
Then let’s move on to the shank – obviously it must have cracked.
To maintain the line of the pipe the band has been recessed into the shank, and flattened on the underside to match the stamped panel found on all sandblasted Dunhills.
Interestingly the band is simply marked “M” sterling silver. Possibly the repair was very professionally done by Mr Mattner?
Date of Manufacture: Early in the 1980s. Cumberland was introduced in 1980, but a little earlier there was a brief period of 5 digit shape numbers on sandblast Dunhills.
the life of your favourite briar with a little more care and attention.
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
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 simple Bryco reamer, the Dunhill Carbon Cutter, or 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 whole pipe.
The Dunhill Silicone Pipe Care Cloth: 100% waxed cotton - 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 “Die Drei”, Savinelli (sold separately), Dunhill and Denicotea
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
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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