Al does a great job on this Custombilt. I appreciate his attention to detail and his great write up of this restoration. I wanted to pass it on to all of the readers of rebornpipes. Thanks Al for a great job.
blog by Al Loria
I came across this pipe a few months ago in a lot buy with another pipe which the seller thought was unmarked because of prior wear and polishing. But, with a loop and bright light I could see it was Mincer era Custom-Bilt. Score one for me!
This is one of the odder Custombilts I’ve come across. The nomenclature is different than any other I’ve seen. It is the old script logo, but does not have the dash between Custom and Bilt, and only the C in Custombilt is capitalized. There is a square stamped on one side of the stummel, which I have seen before, and imported briar on the bottom. It is a short, saddle-bit billiard with a slightly canted bowl.
The overall condition was good. No major dings, little tar on the rim, the chamber was in very good shape and solid. There…
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