Comoy’s 331C Grand Slam Restoration


By Al Jones

This I stumbled across this Comoy’s 331C Grand Slam on Ebay and it didn’t get much bid action, so a last second bid won the pipe. Pipepedia describes the Grand Slam as below. The 331C is their Squat Bulldog with a 1/8th bent stem.

Grand Slam. Introduced in 1933 with the patented (Patent Number 2001612) metal filter system and still in production until the 1970s. The “Grand Slam” was priced at $5 in 1936 and $20 in 1965

The round, “Made in London England” stamp was used in the 1950’s, thru 1981 when the merger occurred. The stinger apparatus used in the Grand Slam was missing, which is typical as most were discarded. This one also had the wonderfully intricate, 3 piece C stem logo also used to the merger point.

Here is the pipe as it was received.

The stem had the usual oxidation and some mild teeth ripples. Otherwise it was in great shape. The bowl had some mild cake and a few dings around the bowl. I used the flame from a lighter to lift most of the teeth ripples. I removed the oxidation on the stem with 800, 1000, 1500 and 2000 grade wet paper. This was followed by 8,000 and 12,000 grade micromesh sheets. The stem was then buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish. I love working on vintage Comoy’s stems, the vulcanite has a great shine to it when finished.

The cake was reamed and the bowl was soaked with alcohol and sea salt. The bowl was in very good shape, with the exception of one nick on the inside. I was able to steam out a few of the dings, but a few remain, which I think adds to the patina. The grain has a very nice depth to it.

I buffed the briar with White Diamond and a few coats of carnuba wax.

Below is the finished pipe.

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