By Al Jones
Despite the heavy build-up of tars on the bowl top, this Comoy’s Golden Grain shape 215 looked like a good candidate for restoration. The stem was in good shape, but heavily oxidized. The 3 piece “C” stem logo was also in excellent shape.
In searching for information about the Golden Grain finish, I found this in an old eBay ad posted by Tony Soderman (aka Mr. Can). This was the first Golden Grain to cross my work bench.
Exactly when the “GOLDEN GRAIN” was first introduced is not clear, but it became one of COMOY’s most popular lines. By 1977 it was the Company’s third highest grade beneath the “Designer” and “London Pride” and ranked ahead of other favorites including the “Royal Comoy,” “Guildhall,” “Everyman” and so on! The GOLDEN GRAIN was offered as a “new look” with what COMOY called an “antique patina” and later called a “golden hue.” It was advertised as “finished in golden hues to highlight the gorgeous grains in the ‘Classical’ Comoy’s of London tradition.” As you can see, there is some truth to their claim that the GOLDEN GRAIN’s “warm seductive beauty will win your heart.” The GOLDEN GRAIN was dropped from the COMOY line in 1980
Below are pictures of the pipe as it was received.
I used a mild solution of Oxy-clean and a towel to rub off the build-up on the bowl top. A lovely, beveled edge was hiding underneath the grim. I then reamed the bowl and soaked it with sea-salt and alcohol. While the bowl was soaking, I put a dab of grease on the “C” stem log and soaked it in Oxy-clean to loosen the oxidation.
Following the soak, I cleaned the shank of the bowl with several brushes and alcohol. The bowl interior was in very good condition.
There was one tooth mark on the bottom of the stem. I was able to lift it slightly using flame from a lighter. I mounted the stem and removed the oxidation first with 800 grit paper, followed by 1000, 1500 and 2000 grades. Next up was 8000 grade micromesh. The stem was then buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic polish.
The bowl was buffed with White Diamond and several coats of Carnuba wax.
Below is the finished pipe. My photography skills don’t do justice to the bowl finish and stem, they both look beautiful.