Grail Acquisition & Restoration: GBD 9242 New Standard


By Al Jones

The GBD shape 9242 was one of the first few shapes on my “Holy Grail” list of British pipes. Over the years, I’ve managed to acquire a few and this one is currently the fourth in my collection.

This example appeared to be in very good condition and on delivery, it was even better than the modest eBay pictures showed. The bowl had some darkening on on the rim, with some dings around the bowl and the finish was faded. There was one nick on the inside of the bowl edge. The stem was in excellent shape, only oxidized. The bowl rings were in perfect condition. This example has the reddish stain, as opposed to the brown stain on my other New Standard 9242’s. The nomenclature looks like the day it was made.

Below is the pipe as it was received.

I removed the very slight cake with my reamer set and found the bowl in excellent condition. The bowl was filled with sea salt and alcohol to soak. I found a set of small rubber plugs that I now use to plug the shank end.

I used a worn piece of Scotch-Brite to remove the rim darkening. This lightened the stain, so I mixed up some Medium Brown and Oxblood Feibings Leather Dye and applied that to the bowl top. It matched the reddish stain perfectly.

I used and electric iron and wet cloth to steam out some of the handling marks around the bowl. The bowl was then buffed lightly with White Diamond and then several coats of Carnuba wax.

The stem was mounted and oxidation removed with 600, 800, 1,500 and 2,000 grit wet sandpaper, followed by 8,000 and 12,000 micromesh sheets. The stem was then polished with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish.

Below is the finished pipe. I also include a collage with the current 9242 shapes in my collection.

Pictured clockwise:

9242 Silver Band (No Grade stamp) 1950 Hallmark

New Standard – Brown stain

New Standard – Red stain (featured pipe)

9242 P Sandblast

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