GBD 269 Virgin Bulldog Restoration


By Al Jones

This is the second GBD 269 shape that I have had on my workbench. The first, a Prehistoric model, was completed in 2016. So, I knew that the shape 269 was GBD’s oversized bulldog shape, but curiously it does not have any of the three oversize stamps (Collector, Conquest or Colossus). This one is a Virgin grade pipe, which I enjoy collecting. The pipe had some build-up on the rim and a heavily oxidized stem. The rest of the briar appeared to be free of any dings, etc. and the bead lines were perfect. Interestingly, this one weighs 51 grams, compared to 46 for the Prehistoric model.

I was able to exchange some communication with the seller, who said that he has owned the pipe for 45 years.

I used my Pipenet reamer to remove the mild cake. To finish the bowl clean-up, I wrap a small piece of 320 grit sandpaper around a suitable bit and remove the remaining carbon in that manner. I used a wet rag to rub of the worst of the build-up, then 8000 and 12000 grade micromesh. I was able to remove nearly all of the build-up without altering the bowl profile or breaking the stain. The bowl was then filled with sea salt and alcohol to soak for several hours. The shank was very clean, a surprise. While the bowl was soaking, I put a dab of grease on the rondell and soaked it in a mild Oxy-Clean solution.

I removed the salt and alcohol from the bowl and used a series of paper towels and a small bristle brush to clean the shank. The stem was mounted and the heavy oxidation removed first with 800 grit paper, followed by 1,500 and 2,000 grades. 8,000 and 12,000 micromesh sheets were used next, followed by buffing with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish.

Below is the finished pipe.

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