Blog by Al Jones
At the beginning of 2014, I had an empty slot on my “Holy Grail” shape list for the Sasieni Ashford. During the year, I was thrilled to find both a Ruff Root and Rustic finish Ashfords. As the year closes out, I was able to find yet another, my first smooth Ashford, in the Walnut finish. Like my others, this one is a pre-Transition pipe which was made between 1946 and 1979. So, in the spirit of the Christmas season, I present “We Three Ashford”.
The pipe didn’t need to be restored as the Ebay seller (passionforpipes) had already done an excellent job. There was a small crease on the side of the bowl on the dot side. A few minutes with an iron and a wet cloth almost completely removed that mark. After steaming out the mark, the color was brought back with some White Diamond rouge and then several coats of Carnuba wax. The nomenclature was in very good condition, so I was careful to stay away from those areas which was waxed by hand with Halycon wax and a cloth.
There was just a hint of oxidation around stem junction and near the button. I removed that with some 1000>1500 and 2000 grit wet paper followed by 8000 and 12000 grade micromesh. Then a light buff with white diamond. Sasieni and Comoys stems respond well to the super-fine Red Jewelers rouge, so that is the final buff used. You do need to stay away from the stem logos as the red color will transfer
I’m very pleased to add the final Ashford to my collection. My wife had now secreted the pipe away to be wrapped, so I won’t see it until Christmas Day and hopefully enjoyed later on.
Below are all three of my Ashford Shapes. Walnut, Ruff Root and Rustic.