Comoys Pebble Grain Shape 42 Restoration


By Al Jones

This is the second Comoy’s Pebble Grain pipe that has crossed my bench in the past two years. This one has a thick layer of carbon build-up on the bowl top, but I’ve learned that sometimes can hide a nice bowl and even possibly protect it from further damage. The stem appeared to be in great shape, with just a little oxidation.

The 3 piece, drilled “C” stem logo indicates the pipe was made prior to 1981. Tony Soderman told me me that he believed Comoy’s introduced the Pebble Grain line in the 1970’s. Some while the straight line “Made In London, England” was used before WWII, this pipe was most likely made between he 1970’s to 1981.

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Comoy’s “Sandblast” pipes have a sandblasted bowl top but the Pebble Grains seem to all have polished, beveled bowl tops. I couldn’t resist seeing what was under that thick coating of build-up. A few minutes with a cloth dipped in a mild Oxy-Clean solution removed all of the build-up on the bowl top. A piece of worn 1500 grit wet paper restored the finish. I buffed the top with some White Diamond and it will be waxed in a final step. I then reamed the bowl and soaked it with 91% isopropyl alcohol and sea salt.

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I put a dab of grease on the drilled, “C” stem logo and gave it a short soak in a mild Oxy-Clean solution. The oxidation was removed with 800 grade wet paper, followed by 1500, 2000 and then 8000 and 12000 grade micromesh sheets. I buffed the stem lightly with White Diamond and then Meguiars Plastic Polish.

I wiped the grime from the briar with some mild Oxy-Clean and a cloth and then hand waxed the bowl with Halycon wax.

Below is the finished pipe.

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7 thoughts on “Comoys Pebble Grain Shape 42 Restoration

  1. Robert M. Boughton

    Beautiful save, and gorgeous pics! I, also, love it when that original, natural, beveled and elegantly grained rim shines through after loving care. I learned some new tricks from your excellent blog and harkened back to a beautiful, orange big pebble grain Comoy’s panel pipe I cleaned up a couple of years back and gave to a mainly cigar smoking friend to see if he’d slide over to the pipe side! I learned you can’t change a zebra’s stripes! That Comoy’s panel had a lovely, smooth rim when I was done with it, too — but not as slick as yours. I’ve often wondered what possessed me to give it away…

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    1. upshallfan Post author

      Definitely, a smile appeared on my face as my work to remove the build-up revealed an undamaged top. I do like the polished rim on the Pebble Grain models.(Sandblast models are blasted on the top)

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  2. Todd Platek

    Beautiful work. Thanks for the detailed explanation of your procedure. You gave me courage to try restoring my many.

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