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Found a Dunhill for $5

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I'm a new pipe smoker and while at a city-wide charity garage sale I came across a can of Pipes.
Score! It was what I had been hoping for!

Picking through the pipes I found several interesting bulldogs, quarterbent billards and the like but most had broken mouthpieces or severe damage, so the pipe I went with was the straight billiard with the saddle stem and the little white dot.

I had no idea what I had stumbled across.

I went home after finishing my shopping and decided to investigate the markings on my new pipe.

They are

(left side) A Dunhill
London

(right side) MADE IN ENGLAND2 38F/T
PAT. N0417574/34

I will post pictures soon, but I wanted to know just what I got a hold of so I can take good care of it.

Any help?
 

Spillproof

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I'm a new pipe smoker and while at a city-wide charity garage sale I came across a can of Pipes.
Score! It was what I had been hoping for!

Picking through the pipes I found several interesting bulldogs, quarterbent billards and the like but most had broken mouthpieces or severe damage, so the pipe I went with was the straight billiard with the saddle stem and the little white dot.

I had no idea what I had stumbled across.

I went home after finishing my shopping and decided to investigate the markings on my new pipe.

They are

(left side) A Dunhill
London

(right side) MADE IN ENGLAND2 38F/T
PAT. N0417574/34

I will post pictures soon, but I wanted to know just what I got a hold of so I can take good care of it.

Any help?
You have a Dunhill Patent "root-briar" from the early 40's. That's a pipe worthy of any collection, particularly if you can smoke it!

Does it look like something like this?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1938-DUNHIL...5?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_210&hash=item35c06ceaf3
 
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These are some pictures of the pipe in question; A few notes
When I bought this pipe I couldn't tell it was of any real quality at all, it was stinky and tarnished with thick black soot around the rim of the bowl, a nearly clogged stem so oxidized I initially thought it to be green. This is what it is now, and I'm no expert at refurbishing but I'm giving it my all.

Any tips on how to get the stem glossy again?
 

buistd

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These are some pictures of the pipe in question; A few notes
When I bought this pipe I couldn't tell it was of any real quality at all, it was stinky and tarnished with thick black soot around the rim of the bowl, a nearly clogged stem so oxidized I initially thought it to be green. This is what it is now, and I'm no expert at refurbishing but I'm giving it my all.

Any tips on how to get the stem glossy again?
I'll be honest here. If this is your first restoration, the chances are you'll make a mess of it. For a pipe like this it's worth spending the money to have it professionally restored.
 
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I'll be honest here. If this is your first restoration, the chances are you'll make a mess of it. For a pipe like this it's worth spending the money to have it professionally restored.
Sound advice; I cant really afford to have it professionally restored right now but I think I'll wait until I can have it done right to go any further. All I've done is clean out the bowl with salt+alcohol making sure to not get any on the rim and bleached the stem, using petroleum jelly to protect the dot and tenon. I've gotten it to where it has no odor or flavour other than a woody scent and a slight tobacco note so I'm not too worried. Can I smoke it without damaging it or should I have it restored first? I have another pipe to use but I'm getting some Frog Morton in for my first try soon and my other pipe has had nothing but aromatics in it and I'd like a fresh smoke.


Thanks!
 

Spillproof

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Yeah I'm absolutely terrified of touching this pipe with any kind of sandpaper; am I just being paranoid?
No, you're being smart.
I do a lot of resto's. I wouldn't rec you take on a patent Dunhill as your first "deep restoration."
I was sharing those links in regard to stem clean-up and general information.
 
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No, you're being smart.
I do a lot of resto's. I wouldn't rec you take on a patent Dunhill as your first "deep restoration."
I was sharing those links in regard to stem clean-up and general information.
Thanks! And can I smoke this safely before getting it rewaxed/polished? I don't want to damage it but I'm itching to try it.
 
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Wow, that is actually in decent shape. If you've not done pipes before, it is good advice to have a pro restore it. It will come up great! Good score!
 

Spillproof

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Thanks! And can I smoke this safely before getting it rewaxed/polished? I don't want to damage it but I'm itching to try it.
If it's cleaned to your satisfaction, and has been airing out for 24hrs since you gave it a booze bath, it's ready to go.

Further clean up and/or restoration can be done at any time, and I have no doubt you'll be treating it kindly ;-)
 

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That pipe is in fantastic condition. I've been messing around with trying to restore old estates for a few years now and I'll tell you what I've learned: Send it to Norwoods or Walkers. Leave it to a Pro. Seriously. I can't get over the condition of that gem. It wont cost you more than $25 buck to have that pipe looking like a new one.

Incredible find. Congrats to you. I am yet to own one.
 
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