Polishing a New Old Stock (NOS) Unsmoked 1611 Savinelli Dry System Bent Dublin

Blog by Steve Laug

Jeff picked up this unsmoked New Old Stock Savinelli Dry System 1611 Bent Dublin a while ago from an online auction on 02/02/22 from Cottage Grove, Minnesota, USA. It has a Savinelli Balsa Filter in the tenon and a characteristic Dry Smoke drilling on the P-lip style stem. The airway came out on top like a Peterson but instead of a round hold this one has a rectangular slit. It came with the box, plastic bag, sock and package of Balsa Filters. All of the paperwork that may have come with it was included as well. The box was worn on the corners but it was in great condition otherwise. The stem showed some light oxidation from the light when it was on display. It also had some gummy substance just ahead of the button on both sides where it looked like there had been a price tag. There was a new Balsa filter in the stem. The pipe smelled musty. I took photos of the box before I removed the lid and then after I removed it to show what I saw.   I removed it from the box along with the filters and the papers. I took a photo of the pieces in the box. It is a pretty pipe with a polished nickel ferrule.I took the pipe out the box and took pictures of this beauty. It is a nice looking pipe with a nice rustication that works well on the bowl and goes well with the smooth crowned rim top. I took some close up photos of the rim top and stem to show the condition of the pipe. There were a couple of small fills on the rim top – right side and left side both toward the front. They are solid and not loose at all.I took a photo of the stamping on the underside of the shank. It reads Dry System on the heel of the bowl followed by S in a shield (Savinelli Logo) followed by 1611 (shape number) over Italy. There was a Savinelli stamp on the left sad of the nickel ferrule and an S on the top of the saddle stem. I removed the stem from the shank and took a photo of the look of the pipe to show the nice shape and flow of the pipe.I rubbed the bowl down with some Before & After Restoration Balm. I worked it into the rustication on the bowl and the smooth rim top with my finger tips to clean, revive and preserve the wood. It really brings the grain alive once again. I let it sit for 15 minutes then buffed it off with a soft cloth. The grain really pops at this point in the process.  I set the bowl aside and turned my attention to the stem. I polished the stem with micromesh sanding pads – 1500-12000 grit pads. I wiped the stem down after each pad with a cloth impregnated with Obsidian Oil. I finished the polishing with some Before & After Pipe Stem Polish – both Fine and Extra Fine. I wiped it down a final time with Obsidian Oil. The stem looked very good.    I put the UNSMOKED, NOS Savinelli Dry System 1611 Bent Dublin back together and buffed it with Blue Diamond on the buffing wheel. I gave the bowl multiple coats of Conservator’s Wax and the stem multiple coats of carnauba wax. I buffed the pipe with a clean buffing pad and hand buffed it to raise the shine. It is fun to see what the polished bowl looks like with the grain popping through on the smooth rim top and the variety of colour in the rustication. Added to that the polished nickel ferrule and the vulcanite saddle stem was a beautiful touch. It is light and well balanced. Have a look at it with the photos below. The dimensions are Length: 6 ½ inches, Height: 2 ¼ inches, Outside diameter of the bowl: 1 ¾ inches, Chamber diameter: 7/8 of an inch. The weight of the pipe is 68 grams/2.40 ounces. It is a beautiful pipe and one that will be on the rebornpipes store in the Italian Pipe Makers Section. If you are interested in breaking in a new unsmoked Savinelli Dry System and adding it to your collection let me know. Thanks for walking through the restoration with me as I worked over this pipe. Thanks to each of you who are reading this blog. I want to keep reminding us of the fact that we are not pipe owners; we are pipemen and women who hold our pipes in trust until they pass on into the trust of the next pipeman or woman.

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