Daily Archives: September 19, 2021

GBD Bulldog (9282)Restoration


The 9282 1/8th bent bulldog is one of GBD’s more elegant shapes. This one is in the sandblast, “Prehistoric” finish. The stamping and brass rondell mark it as being from the pre-Cadogan era and made prior to the 1981 merger with Comoy’s that forever changed those two marque’s.

The pipe had an heavily oxidized stem, but fitment was good and other then a few teeth dents, was in good condition. There was some scorching on the polished beveled bowl top, but those usually clean up nicely. Below is the pipe as it was received.

I used 1500 and an 8,000 grit micromesh sheet to restore the bowl top, which was then polished White Diamond rouge and several coats of Carnuba wax.

I reamed the cake from the bowl and let it soak with alcohol and sea salt. Following the soak, the shank was cleaned with a bristle brush dipped in alcohol. The stem was mounted to remove the oxidation. First I heated the stem near the button to lift the small teeth indentions. I first used 600 grit wet paper, wrapped around a flat file to maintain the beveled stem edges. That was followed by 800,1500 and 2,000 grit wet paper, and 8,000and 12,000 grade micromesh sheets. The stem was then buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish.

I hand polished the sandblasted bowl with Halycon wax.

Below is the finished pipe.