By Al Jones
This is the 2nd Comoys that I restored this weekend. And, the first “Supreme Grain” that I’ve ever seen. I found a few examples on the web. The pipe was in very solid condition. Unfortunately, I also lost the before pictures of this pipe and only have the sellers. As you can see, it is aptly named, and better grain than some Blue Ribands that I’ve seen.
The pipe had very light oxidation and a few dings and bruises in the briar. The shape 42 is the larger of the two Comoy’s bent billiards.
I initially thought it had a drilled C and started restoration the restoration with my usual regiment, which involves sanding right over the very durable logo. I was horrified on closer examination to find out that the logo was not drilled. However, it is seemingly quite deep and almost looks like an insert of sorts. I’ve done a lot of Comoys pipes from every era, but not yet encountered one quite like this one.
I removed the very light oxidation with 800, 1,500 and 2,000 grit wet paper, this was followed by 8,000 and 12,000 micromesh. The stem was then buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish.
The bowl was reamed and soaked with alcohol and sea salt. I used an electric iron on high with a wet cloth to steam out most of the dings around the bowl. The bowl was then buffed with White Diamond and several coats of Carnuba wax.
Below is the finished pipe.