Comoy’s 185 Sandblast “Goldenbark” Restoration


By Al Jones
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I’ve worked on a number of Comoy’s Sandblast pipes, but this is the first one that I’ve encountered with the “Goldenbark” stamp. A member of PipesMagazine posted one last year, but I found no online information about this finish. I assume it might have been Comoy’s answer to the Dunhill Tanshell finish? This one has the 3-part C stem logo indicating a pre-merger pipe and made before 1981.

The pipe was in very good shape. The stem was heavily oxidized but it had very little teeth damage. The bowl top had some darkening.

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The bowl had a heavy cake, which was reamed. I soaked the bowl with alcohol and sea salt. While it was soaking, I put a dab of grease on the C stem logo and soaked it in a mild solution of Oxy-Clean. The shank scrubbed with a brush dipped in alcohol, but I found it surprisingly clean. The bowl interior was also in excellent shape, having been protected by the cake. I used a rag dipped in water to remove the build up on the bowl top, which came off quite nicely. The stem had some very slight teeth marks, which lifted out nicely with heat from a lighter. One tiny tooth prick on the underside was all that remained.

I mounted the stem and removed the oxidation starting with 800, then 1,000 and finally 2,000 grit paper. Next up was the 8,000 and 12,000 grade micromesh. The stem was then buffed with white diamond and Meguiars Plastic polish. I waxed the bowl by hand with Halycon wax.

Below is the finished pipe.

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