By Al Jones
I can’t resist a GBD Prehistoric finish pipe – the combination of the rugged sandblast and the beveled, polish bowl top really works. The 9623 is the first of that shape on my work bench. It has a tall, bent billiard style bowl with a bulldog like diamond shank. The brass rondell indicates it was made before the merger in 1981 (along with the “London,England” COM stamp). The Collector stamp means it was one of three over-sized pipe designations used by GBD. The pipe had a lightly oxidized stem with a few tooth indention’s. it looked like an easy restoration.
I forgot to take before pictures, but the seller photos below were very accurate.
There was very little cake in the bowl, so I used a piece of 320 grit paper wrapped around a reamer bit to clean up the bowl interior. The polished bowl top was buffed with White Diamond and several coats of carnuba wax. I filled the bowl with sea salt and alcohol for a soak. The stem was soaked in a mild Oxy-Clean solution. Following the soak, I used heat to lift out several small tooth indention’s. One under the button could not be removed, but it wasn’t deep enough to fill it.
The stem was mounted and oxidation removed with 800, 1,500, 2,000 wet sandpaper followed by 8,000 and 12,000 grade micromesh sheets. The stem was buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish. I hand polished the bowl with Halycon wax.
Below is the finished pipe.