By Al Jones
This GBD New Era looked like a simple restore. It held one surprise that was in the sellers photos, but something I had not noticed. At some point in it’s life, a previous owner had put a flat bottom on it, make it a “sitter”. The stem had some mild oxidation, but no teeth marks. There was some darkening of the rim.
The rondell and stamping identified it as a pre-Cadogan era pipe. New Era grade GBD’s always have nice briar and are a step up from the typical New Standard grade that more often seen.
Here you can see the flat bottom. Fortunately, only a small portion of the briar had been removed and it should not effect the smoking of the pipe. And, it does sit nicely, which is always convenient.
The mild cake was reamed and the bowl soaked with alcohol and sea salt. At the same time, the stem was soaked in a mild Oxy-clean solution with a dab of grease on the rondell.
I used some 2000 grade sandpaper to remove the bowl top build-up followed by 8000 micromesh. The stem was mounted and oxidation removed with 800, 1000 and 2000 grade paper. This was followed by 8000 and 12000 grade micromesh sheets. The stem was then buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish. The briar was buffed lightly with White Diamond and then several coats of Carnuba wax.
Below is the finished pipe, which is en-route to a new owner on the island of Corfu in Greece.