Daily Archives: September 13, 2015

Peterson Pre-Republic K Briar Restoration

This pipe was sent to me by a friend on the Brothers of Briar forum. This was his first pre-Republic Peterson and I think he chose well. The pipe was in very good shape, with some just minor stem oxidation.

Here’s the pipe as received.

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The pipe is only stamped “Eire” which according to Mike Leverette’s Peterson Dating Guide, was used between 1938 and 1941. The nomenclature is weak, but visible. I’ve found that my Samsung S5 camera is the best choice for taking close-up pictures of nomenclature, as below. One day I’ll add a macro lens to my wife’s digital SLR camera.





The pipe had only the slightest cake, which was removed with a reamer bit and a piece of sandpaper wrapped around the bit. It was so clean, the owner and I decided against the alcohol and sea salt soak. I did clean the shank with alcohol and a bristle brush, but it was also very clean.

I tried to lift some of the dents with steam, but most were too deep. So, the briar was polished with white diamond and several coats of carnuba wax. The stem was soaked in a mild mixture of Oxy-Clean (dry powder mix) and then sanded with 600, 1500 and 2000 grit wet paper. 8,000 and 12,000 micromesh sheets were used next followed by a polishing with White Diamond rouge and then Meguiars Plastic Polish.

Below is the finished pipe. It still has a few bruises, but I think some patina on an old pipe is a good thing.

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Update – 9/14/15
I posted this blog entry to the PipesMagazine.com forums and one member (rblood) provided this feedback regarding the date and unique Country of Manufacture (COM) stamp:

First, we know that Eire came into being in late 1937 so we can assume that as a starting point. Peterson tends to use old stampings, sometimes much later than we expect – Eire and other odd stampings possibly through 1948 from what I have seen, so that gives you a range of 1937 – 1948.

The “P” in Peterson is the old fork style, so still good on that count. Here is where it get’s interesting – The “Peterson Dublin” (with no “of”) and the single “K” in non-serif font to me points to an early Eire pipe.

Add to that the odd COM stamp. You would expect to see an Eire pipe COM in circle format with “made” on top, “in” in the center and “Eire” at the bottom of the circle. A very odd COM stamp indeed – can’t say that I have ever seen this before. I am guessing here, but it is possible that they just did not have the circle stamps ready if this was early production – That would narrow it to late 1937 – 1938 in my mind.

The stem in this era would have had the “P” stamp, not the “K” stamp – the K stamp I believe came into use with the “A Peterson Product” pipes in the 1960’s. The 1960’s pipes also got the “‘K’-Briar” stamp, not just the “K”.

Quick & Easy Removal Of Heavy Rim Cake

Thanks for the simple how to with the Scotch Brite. Got some here and will have to give it a go. I have been using the 0000 steel wool trick and it doing well so this will be another tool for the kit. Thanks Troy.

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I thought i would post my simple way to clean up heavy rim cake . Its the fastest and easiest way I’ve found.

This is a old  E.Wilke poker I’m working on .

I will use Oxy Clean as my cleaner because its a natural finish and I’m not worried about preserving a factory stain finish. I will soak the stem of this pipe in it as well ,so i will be killing two birds with one stone.

If i was preserving a pipe and wanted to be careful i would substitute Oxy Clean for a mild detergent and water such as a drop of dawn in warm water, or just water. It will remove the cake  slower but will do just as well with out removing stain . Oxy Clean will strip stain and finish if applied like i will be  doing on this rim. If you do this…

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Cleaning Up a Kaywoodie “500” Canted Billiard

Looks really good. I have not used the Tan before but I like it. I always dilute the dark brown to get whatever colour I am looking for 🙂

This old Kaywoodie “500” came in a recent auction lot and arrived in fair condition for a pipe that was likely never expected to last as long as it has. On the other hand, the 500 and 600 lines from Kaywoodie were cheap, low-end pipes manufactured between 1959 and 1967, so perhaps my specific 500 wasn’t doing too badly for its age. It did have a few things going for it to increase its longevity: a nowadays unheard of quality of briar for an entry-level pipe (I couldn’t find any factory fills), and a flexible nylon pipe stem, which doesn’t oxidize and can take quite a beating and still clean right up.

The pipe had also been given reasonable care, or at least not been outright abused, unlike other estate pipes I’ve come across. The internals were relatively clean, though the original lacquer finish was chipped and peeling, and the rim had…

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