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Thread: Comoy’s Specimen Straight Grain 229 Restoration [Pic Heavy]

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    Quote Originally Posted by achtman View Post
    This pipe was badly oxidised and heavily smoked, and desperately needed restoration. Anthony did a mindboggling, magnificent job on the restoration of all four pipes that he will be presenting here, including this one. But none of them were trash, which is something that you throw away. All of them were extremely rare collectors items that any pipe lover should have been excited about being able to examine even in their unrestored state.

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    I had no intention to offend anyone especially piffyr who work i greatly admire,to someone like me i would say the pipe was trash because i would be unable to restore and know no one who could restore that pipe. Piffyr is right that i am new to pipe and might come across to people wrong but that isn't and wasn't my intention, besides i am a believer that one mans trash is another mans treasure, i have seen several pipes that he has done and am gobsmacked at the quality of craftmanship he has.

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    You know what Wiz ........the pipe was junk until Anthony got his hands on it. Doesn't matter one iota what the brand is. In that condition it would be worth nothing to a collector.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklin Bill View Post
    You know what Wiz ........the pipe was junk until Anthony got his hands on it. Doesn't matter one iota what the brand is. In that condition it would be worth nothing to a collector.
    I would respectfully disagree. Most collectors want to see a pipe like this in "as is" or "as found" condition. The plain fact is very few people properly restore old pipes. One can find a lot of "shiny objects" in the estate market, but not many that show the care, and attention to detail shown here. Collectors will bid very confidently if they know someone like Anthony, or Dean, or George for example. Conversely, I've seen collectable pipes that have been made absolutely worthless by bad "restorations".

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    [QUOTEbid very confidently if they know someone like Anthony, or Dean, or George for example.][/QUOTE]

    Absolutely agree ...as long as they do know someone Dave.
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    ...bid very confidently if they know someone like Anthony, or Dean, or George for example.

    Absolutely agree ...as long as they do know someone Dave

    All I can say is......it's certainly gotten me into all kinds of trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklin Bill View Post
    You know what Wiz ........the pipe was junk until Anthony got his hands on it. Doesn't matter one iota what the brand is. In that condition it would be worth nothing to a collector.
    Hi Bill. You’re dead wrong.

    I am a pipe collector.

    I bought this pipe in its original condition because
    1. It is exceedingly rare. What makes it rare is the shape and the Specimen Straight grain designation. It is also old, from around 1940.
    2. The condition was amazingly good. The button was intact and not chewed through. The wood was intact and didn’t have holes.

    This pipe was extremely expensive in that poor condition because other collectors also knew that it was rare and that, as Dave said, nobody had been buggering it about. The mouthpiece was not buffed thinner. The angles in the shank and mouthpiece were sharp. As a result there were a lot of other bidders for the pipe. To put this into context, many people have heard of the Comoy’s Blue Riband Pipes, and know they are highly collectible. The seller had many Blue Riband’s up for sale in the same auction, many of which were badly damaged in ways this pipe was not. Those pipes sold for only a fraction of what this cost. Blue Riband’s are the same brand as this pipe and much better known. I didn’t bid on a single one of them.

    Anthony has revealed the beauty of the pipe in a way that very few people could have rivalled. But even if I had not known Anthony and didn’t know anybody who could restore this pipe properly, I would have been extremely proud to own it because of the reasons above.

    So this pipe was not trash. It was not junk. It was a jewel hidden behind years of oxidation and having been smoked too often.

    I suspect collectors may be different from other people because these arguments would be totally clear to other collectors.

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    Forgive me Anthony for sounding a fool especially if I missed it in your wonderful summary of the restoration but can I ask why the mouthpiece is now black?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottishgaucho View Post
    Forgive me Anthony for sounding a fool especially if I missed it in your wonderful summary of the restoration but can I ask why the mouthpiece is now black?
    The stem color you see in the first pictures is a black stem that has such bad oxidation that it literally turned the stem that ugly off-green color. What Anthony so brilliantly did was restore it back to it’s like-new condition, which was originally black.

    The only way that I know how to do this is by sanding the stem down with a high grit sand paper and finish it off by polishing it on a wheel. The problem with my method is that it’s hard to keep the original nomenclature in tact. I only use this method if it’s a no-name pipe. I really wish I could learn some of those secrets to the trade but being a new father, time is not on my side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawky454 View Post
    The stem color you see in the first pictures is a black stem that has such bad oxidation that it literally turned the stem that ugly off-green color. What Anthony so brilliantly did was restore it back to it’s like-new condition, which was originally black.

    The only way that I know how to do this is by sanding the stem down with a high grit sand paper and finish it off by polishing it on a wheel. The problem with my method is that it’s hard to keep the original nomenclature in tact. I only use this method if it’s a no-name pipe. I really wish I could learn some of those secrets to the trade but being a new father, time is not on my side.
    Thanks Hawky....I would never have believed it was the same stem. That's incredible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottishgaucho View Post
    Thanks Hawky....I would never have believed it was the same stem. That's incredible.
    I know! He does such an amazing job! I’ve got to witness his work first hand, I’ve sent him a couple pipes of my own.

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