Reclaiming a Wenhall Futura 87 Fancy Rusticated Miniature Billiard from a Shank Crack and Crushed Stem

This is such a unique pipe that I have to reblog this one. I asked Dal about the stem repair and why not a new stem – his answer was classic and one I have used before too!! IT HAS THE LOGO on it. Ah well give the blog a read. It is a beauty of a pipe and worth the time.

The Pipe Steward

The next pipe on the worktable I found on the online auction block in December of 2017.  I was drawn to the pipe by its unique shape and deeply carved rustication which could almost pass for an ‘extreme’ blasted surface.  As often is the case with online sellers, the pictures don’t always tell everything, and the seller’s description may offer some truth but not the whole truth.  Here’s a few pictures of what I saw that caught my attention. The seller from Glenhead, New York, gave the description, “Mouthpiece has slight crack.  Overall Good Condition.”  I could see the ‘crack’ in the stem in the picture above – barely, and began to deduce that the stem might be acrylic.  My bid was sufficient to add the pipe to the ‘For “Pipe Dreamers” ONLY! collection and when the pipe arrived in the mail, I put it in the ‘Help Me!’ basket…

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