Meerschaum Rescue & Re-Stem

Charles did a great job on this old timer. As he predicted the finished pipe is a real surprise. Give the blog a read. Thanks Charles.

The pipe on the bench today was sent to me by a gentleman who has become a regular client of mine over the last year or so. We have been restoring the pipes in his extensive collection batch by batch and just when he thought he was finished, a few loose stummels were discovered at the back of a drawer. Among those was this older meerschaum Canted Billiard, which my client had forgotten and hadn’t seen in decades. The stummel arrived with its bone screw tenon intact. The original stem, however, was long gone.

As the above pics show, the stummel had sustained a few knocks and had its fair share of handling marks and other signs of wear. The design on the exterior of the meerschaum was missing some of the carved grapes and the stummel had a generally tired appearance.

To get this restoration underway, I carefully unscrewed…

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