The iconic GBD 9242 is a highly sought after shape and one that rarely turns up on Ebay. I typically see one 9242 about every two years on Ebay and competition for it is fierce. A friend and I made the trek to the 2017 NY Pipe show, hosted by Rich Esserman. I like to get to pipe shows early, and make a quick sweep of the room. This pipe was on the table of Paige Simms, a collector from Baltimore and a member of the Chesapeake Pipe club. We struck a deal and the prize was mine. Paige wasn’t sure how long he had owned the pipe, but he thought it was fro the 1930’s and that it was a fine smoker. It is always a pleasure to chat with these long time collectors. I spent a long day on the road, getting to and from the show, but this find is a great reason why collectors should attend pipe shows. To say that I was thrilled to find this one is an understatement.
The pipe was in terrific shape, with some oxidation on the stem and one small tooth dent. The blasted finish was worn, and I’m not sure if that was from wear or just the way it was blasted.
The pipe has the “London,England” country of manufacture mark that denotes a GBD made before 1981, but the orific (ovalized) stem and smaller GBD rondell make me think that the pipe is from the 1930’s, as Paige suggested. I have a silver hallmarked GBD that dates to 1937. I have noticed that in the older GBD’s that the rondell is slightly smaller. These measure 6 mm in width, while the rondells on other GBD’s in my collection measure 7.5 mm. This one has a very fat, bullet style tenon. I’ve seen this style tenon but only on stems stamped “Hand Cut”. (this one lacks that stamp)
Another curiousity about this pipe is the “P stamp beside the 9242 shape number. Most sand blasted GBD’s would be stamped in the Prehistoric finish. I cannot find anywhere when as to when GBD started using this finish name.
The pipe had a very slight cake and Paige said he smoked straight Virginias in the pipe. It was clean, but I did the bowl soak with alcohol and sea salt. There was one small tooth indention on the top of the stem. I was able to use heat from a lighter flame to light it out almost completely. While the bowl was soaking, the stem was soaked in a very mild Oxy-Clean solution, with a dab of grease on the rondell.
I removed the outer layer of oxidation with 800 grit wet paper, than 1,000 and 2,000 grades. Next up was 8,000 and 12,000 micromesh sheets. The stem was them buffed lightly with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish.
Below is the finished pipe and a comparison with my New Standard 9242. As you can see, the Sandblast pipe is a more compact stubbier shape.