A New Coat for a Big-Ben Bent Bulldog

I am glad to see the work you did on this one. I like the overall look far better than what it was when I sent it to you. Great job.


I acquired this Dutch-made bent bulldog from Steve Laug of RebornPipes in a recent trade. It was in pretty good shape to start, which is a nice change from some of the estate pipes in my refurb box. It is stamped “Big-Ben” over “Grand Seigneur” on the left face of the diamond shank, and “15479S” over “Made in Holland” on the right shank. The stem is stamped with a “B” in a circle.

Here’s the pipe as received:

As the pics show, the pipe had been used but not abused. The stem was not oxidized, but had one deeper tooth dent that would need attention. The obvious flaws in the stummel were two medium-large factory fills that had shrunk and would need replacement. On a painted pipe like this, replacing fills means completely stripping and refinishing the stummel, as it would be very tricky to try to make spot-repairs.

I started…

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