By Al Jones
The 337C is a classic Prince shape from the pre-Cadogan era for Comoys. This 1975 shape chart, courtesy of Pipepedia shows the 337. However, I’ve never seen a 337 without the C designation
This one has stamping that is consistent with those made from the late 1940’s to the merger point in 1981. The pipes condition made for a relatively simple restoration with only some bowl top build-up and an oxidized stem.
Below is the pipe as it was received.
I reamed the modest cake, and soaked the bowl with sea salt and alcohol. While the bowl was soaking, I put a dab of grease on the C stem logo, and soaked it in a mild solution of Oxyclean. Following the soak, the shank was cleaned and stem inserted.
I used a piece of worn scotchbrite to clean the bowl top. The briar was lightly buffed with White Diamond and several coats of Carnuba wax. I used a lighter flame to lift the slight dents in the stem near the button. The oxidation was removed with 800, 1,500 and 2,000 grit wet sandpaper, followed by 8,000 and 12,000 micromesh sheets. The stem was then buffed with White Diamond rouge and Meguiars plastic polish.
Below is the finished pipe.