Freshening a Dr Plumb’s 5091 Bent Billiard

Great job by Charles bringing a fresh look to this Dr. Plumb pipe. Give his blog a read.


The Dr Plumb’s brand has been around since 1925 when it was introduced by GBD as a budget line aimed primarily at the North American export market. First produced in France, Dr Plumb’s pipes are now made in the UK and stamped accordingly.

This Dr Plumb Bent Billiard arrived on the worktable for a basic Ream, Clean & Polish in fair estate condition. The most pressing issue was a heavily oxidized Vulcanite stem. Apart from the discolouration, the stem had a layer of buildup in the bite zone that gave the button end of the stem a crusty appearance. The stummel was in relatively good shape, with some attractive grain showing through a layer of old wax, dirt and grease. A thin layer of carbon “lava” had spread across most of the rim, but not far enough to conceal a few small dents and handling marks around the outer edge.

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