GBD 549 Fantasy Bulldog Restoration


By Al Jones

The GBD Fantasty and the similiar Tapestry line of pipes were introduced in the 1970’s and I think they fit that funky era perfectly. I can picture a hip 1970’s pipe smoker enjoying this one in a pastel leisure suit, showing care to not get a burn mark on his new silk-screened shirt. This one is the classic GBD bent bulldog, the 549 shape. The pipe had some build-up on the bowl top, but I was sure that a beautiful beveled GBD bowl top was hiding underneath. The stem had some oxidation and a few bite marks.

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The bowl was reamed and soaked with alcohol and sea salt. While it was soaking, I put a dab of grease on the brass rondell and soaked it in a mild Oxy-clean solution. I used a cloth and some water to rub off the bowl top tars and then polished it with White Diamond and a few coats of Carnuba wax. I also gave the polished geometric shapes the same treatment. The blasted wood was polished by hand with Halycon wax.

There were some dents in the vulcanite, which I was able lift out with a lighter flame. The stem was mounted and polished progressively with 800, 1500 and 2000 grade wet paper. That was followed with 8000 and 12000 micromesh. The stem was them buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish. Two tiny teeth pricks remained, one on each side, but there were so small, I left well enough alone.

Below is the finished pipe.

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