Comoy’s Golden Grain Apple (483) Restoration

By Al Jones

This is the second “Golden Grain” finish Comoy’s to land on my workbench. This one, a shape 483 “Apple” was in very good condition. There was a little build-up on the bowl top and the stem only had mild teeth abrasions.

In searching for information about the Golden Grain finish, I had previously posted the following, from an old eBay ad posted by Tony Soderman (aka Mr. Can).

Exactly when the “GOLDEN GRAIN” was first introduced is not clear, but it became one of COMOY’s most popular lines. By 1977 it was the Company’s third highest grade beneath the “Designer” and “London Pride” and ranked ahead of other favorites including the “Royal Comoy,” “Guildhall,” “Everyman” and so on! The GOLDEN GRAIN was offered as a “new look” with what COMOY called an “antique patina” and later called a “golden hue.” It was advertised as “finished in golden hues to highlight the gorgeous grains in the ‘Classical’ Comoy’s of London tradition.” As you can see, there is some truth to their claim that the GOLDEN GRAIN’s “warm seductive beauty will win your heart.” The GOLDEN GRAIN was dropped from the COMOY line in 1980

The pipe as received. The stem fitment wasn’t flush, which is typically from build-up in the shank. There was some mild cake in the bowl. The three-piece, drilled “C” stem logo denotes the pipe as being made in the pre-Cadogan era (1946 to 1981).

I used a piece of moistended, worn scotchbrite to remove the build-up on the bowl top. The bowl was reamed and filled with sea salt and alcohol, then left to soak for several hours. While it was soaking, I put a dab of grease on the C stem logo and soaked it in a mild Oxy-Clean solution. Following the soak, thank was cleaned with some soft bristle brushes and paper-towels screwed into the shank. Once the shank was clean, the stem fit properly against the shank.

There were two teeth indentions underneath the button. I removed one with heat, but one remained. The stem was mounted and oxidaition removed first with 800 grit wet paper, followed by 1,500 and 2,000 grades. I sharped up the button crease with the 800 paper wrapped around a flat needle file. Micromesh sheets in 8,000 and 12,000 were used to finish the stem. It was then buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic polish.

The bowl was polished with White Diamond and several coats of carnuba wax.

Below is the finished pipe.


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