Blog by Steve Laug
The next pipe on the work table came to me from one of my pickups. Jeff and I pick up many together but this was one I traded for. Between us we pick up quite a few pipes for restoration. I try to work them into the restoration queue so that I can keep them moving. This next one is an Inderwick’s Oom Paul. The pipe is stamped on the left side and reads Inderwick [over] Founded —-. On the right side it is stamped —-naby Street [over] London [over] Made in England. The stamping was readable and clear though on the shank end someone had sanded the shank down and removed the 1797 from the left side and the Carn… from the right side. The shank end was slightly conical and pinched looking. The finish had a lot of grime ground into the smooth finish on the bowl and some darkening around the sides of the bowl. There were fills on both sides that were damaged. The bowl was thickly caked with an overflowing lava coat on the top of the rim. The edges looked to be in good condition though there was some damage on the back inner edge of the bowl. The stem was oxidized, dirty and had light tooth chatter and marks on the top and underside near the button. The stem did not have any identifying stamps. I think from the fact that the fit is not good with the stem that it is a replacement. It had promise but it was very dirty. Jeff took some photos of the pipe before he started the cleanup work. He took photos of the rim top and bowl to give a clear picture of the condition of the bowl and rim top. He also took photos of the top and underside of the stem to show the oxidation and the chatter and tooth marks. Jeff took a photo of the side and heel of the bowl to give a picture of what the briar around the pipe looked like. There is some stunning grain under the grime. He took photos of the stamping on the sides of the shank. It reads as noted above and is clear and readable.I turned to Pipephil to see if there was any information on the line that gives me the background info that I enjoy as I work on a pipe (http://www.pipephil.eu/logos/en/logo-stanwell.html). I am including a screen capture of the line that I found there.From that link I found the rest of the stamping on the left side of the shank and was able to fill in the missing information. The stamping read Inderwick [over] Founded 1797.
I turned to the listing for the Inderwick brand on Pipedia to see if I could find any further information on the brand (https://pipedia.org/wiki/Inderwick_%26_Co). It confirmed the information on the brand from Pipephil. It added some information regarding some of the pipes being made by Comoy’s. I quote in full the article and include a photo of the Carnaby Street stamp.
Inderwick & Co was founded in the early 19th century by John Inderwick. He was one of the first tobacconist of London. Some pipes were made by Comoy’s. From the two sites I found information on the stamping on the right and left side of the shank. I was able to fill the gaps on both sides stamp and knew that the —-naby stamp on the right side was Carnaby.
Jeff had cleaned up the pipe with his usual penchant for thoroughness. He reamed the pipe with a PipNet Pipe Reamer and cleaned up the remnants with a Savinelli Fitsall Pipe Knife. He scrubbed the bowl with undiluted Murphy’s Oil Soap with a tooth brush. He rinsed it under running warm water to remove the soap and grime. He cleaned out the inside of the shank and the airway in the stem with alcohol, cotton swabs and pipe cleaners. He soaked the stem in Before & After Deoxidizer and rinsed it off with warm water. I took photos of the pipe once I received it. The bowl and rim top cleaned up really well with the lava coat removed. The inner edge of the rim was out of round and showed a lot of damage all the way around the rim. The stem surface had some light oxidation and some light tooth marks and chatter on both sides near the button. I took photos of the stamping (though a little faint) are clear and read the same as noted above. I took the stem off the pipe and took a photo of the pipe as a whole. You can get a clear picture of the pipe from the photo below. Now it was time to do my work on the pipe. You can see the pinched and reduced diameter of the shank in the photo below. I measured the diameter and figured that a brass band on the shank end that did not go too deep on the shank could take care of that pinched look.I pressed the narrow band on the shank – it is pressure fit and it not easily removed. I pressed it in place and took some photos of the look and shape of the repaired shank. Now it was time to work on the inner edges of the rim and the top. I used a piece of dowel wrapped in 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out the internals of the bowl. I topped the bowl with 220 grit sandpaper on a topping board to remove the damage to the rim top and prepare for the beveling of the rim edge. I gave the inner edge of the bowl a slight bevel with a folded piece of 220 grit sandpaper. I wanted bring the bowl back into round and clean up the edge. I filled in the damaged fills on the left side of the bowl with clear super glue and once the repairs cured I sanded it smooth with a worn piece of 220 grit sandpaper.I polished the bowl and rim top with micromesh sanding pads using 1500-12000 grit sanding pads and wiping it down after each sanding pad with a damp cloth to remove the sanding dust and debris. I rubbed the bowl and shank down with Before & After Restoration Balm. I worked it into the surface of the bowl sides and shank with my fingertips to clean, enliven and protect the briar. I let the balm sit for a little while and then buffed with a cotton cloth to raise the shine and brings the grain alive. The band serves as a good contrast. It is a nice looking pipe. I set the bowl aside and turned to work on the stem. I scrubbed the stem with Soft Scrubb All Purpose cleanser to remove the oxidation. It did not take as much work as others had in the past and it looks very good. I polished the vulcanite stem with micromesh sanding pads – 1500-12000 grit pads. I wiped it down with a damp cloth after each sanding pad. I used Before & After Pipe Polish – both Fine and Extra Fine to further polish the stem. This Inderwick Founded 1797 Oom Paul with a vulcanite saddle stem and a new brass band is a great looking pipe. I put the stem back on the bowl and buffed the pipe with Blue Diamond on the buffing wheel. I gave the bowl and the stem multiple coats of carnauba wax on the buffing wheel and followed that by buffing the entire pipe with a clean buffing pad. I hand buffed the pipe with a microfiber cloth to deepen the shine. The finished Inderwick Oom Paul fits nicely in the hand and feels great. Give the finished pipe a look in the photos below. The dimensions of the pipe are Length: 5 ½ inches, Height: 2 ¼ inches, Outside diameter of the bowl: 1 ¼ inches, Chamber diameter: ¾ of an inch. If you are interested in adding this pipe to your collection send me a message or an email. Thanks for reading this blog and my reflections on the pipe while I worked on it. There are many more to come! Inderwick