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    Jean Sommer Grand Luxe **** Number 2

    As indicated there were two **** Sommer pipes that I just bought and this is about the second one, a bent with a silver sleeve.

    eBay pictures:

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    What most interested me was the **** grade. It was clear from the photos that the stem had some damage from sloppy buffing and the drilling of the draughthole in the tenon was so far off centre that I suspected the stem was a replacement. However, except for the tar, and possible char, the bowl looked like it was in good shape. And I also like bents.

    Once again I was the sole bidder and it went for 90 Euro including postage.

    More in the next post.

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    On arrival, and during cleaning it up, there were some positive and some somewhat negative aspects that surfaced.

    Positive:
    The pipe had been cleaned internally and had been reamed expertly.
    The general condition was good.
    It is an attractive, light briar with nice grain.

    The pipe itself has the general shape and appearance of a Dunhill commemorative bent from 1987 that I have. Except that the silver sleeve is better and the grain on the Sommer is better.

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    Negative
    The bowl was slightly oval from over-reaming.
    The char was worse than I had anticipated:

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    The sleeve is probably a later add on to cover a shank repair. It looks like the shank was shortened, probably leaving a briar tenon, and a new briar sleeve was fitted over the briar tenon and then covered with the sleeve. This would also explain the maker's name on the silver, which was JE.L.S. and Paris. I haven't been able to find any silversmith or pipemaker with those initials.
    Unfortunately, the repair was not perfect and the briar sleeve is not totally concentric with the original shank. As a result, the stem does not seat completely and leaves a very tiny gap when inserted.

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    Otherwise, it was a matter of cleaning the insides and getting rid of the char as with the other pipe. The stem was hardly oxidised except for a few small stripes. So deoxidising was easy. And the insides were fairly clean already.

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    Great job on cleaning it up, Mark. I particularly like the shape, stain color and grain on this one.
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    Excellent Mark nice looking pipes

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    Since this was a 1/2 bent it was fairly straightforward to buff the bowl and stem with German blue metal polish and then polish the bowl with Carnauba wax. Here is the final result.

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    Now to smoke it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coalsmoke View Post
    Great job on cleaning it up, Mark. I particularly like the shape, stain color and grain on this one.
    Hi Russ
    that was the intermediate set of photos. Look at the final set after polishing.

    glad you like it.

    Where did you get your great avatar from?

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    More cake under the nails and another French pony in the stable. Congrats, Mark!

    Personally, I don't find the grain on the Dunhill to be in any way inferior to that of the Sommer. Just a different orientation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by achtman View Post
    Hi Russ
    that was the intermediate set of photos. Look at the final set after polishing.

    glad you like it.

    Where did you get your great avatar from?
    Even better, Mark! Very nice. The avatar is from a Google search that I did for "man smoking pipe clipart".
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    Russ

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    Great looking pipe!! You cleaned it up real nice. I'll bet that it will be a good smoker from now on.


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    Quote Originally Posted by coalsmoke View Post
    Even better, Mark! Very nice. The avatar is from a Google search that I did for "man smoking pipe clipart".
    I have a hat like that which I tend to wear when its raining. Especially if Im lunting. But Ive never ever looked that angular in it.

    Sharp!

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