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Comoy's Blue Riband

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  1. fnord

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    I picked up a Comoy Blue Riband off the Bay some time back that was beaten up to hell and gone. I'd always wanted a BR and knew that I'd never be able to afford one that was mint, NOS or being brokered by one of the more reputable estate resellers. I had to find one that was a dead man walking and then bring it back to life.

    This is what an 85 buck bid can get you.

    Like I said, this burner was rough and had seen many better days. But, I still saw something in it that made me reach for my wallet.

    Obviously, I smoke estates. I smoke pipes that were previously enjoyed by the dearly departed and that has given me some beautiful hunks of briar that I would never, ever think twice about buying new but were purchased for pennies on the dollar. Most I'll scrub and wale away on myself, but I realized early on that this reclamation was beyond me.

    That decision brought me to our inhouse Dr. Grabow expert and talented bench man, ejames. Ed had already repaired one of my favorite DGs and I've admired his woodworking skills for quite some time. He looked over the pix I sent him, recommended a scope of work and I let him know that I couldn't wait for him to start.

    Here's what I received in the mail today.

    Folks, I couldn't be happier.

    This Comoy Blue Riband has issues. There are dents & dings, a new bit and Ed topped the rim uncovering a small crack in the bowl rim. It might last a week or it might last a hundred years. I'll take it one day at a time and enjoy each and every bowl I'm gifted.

    Thank you, Ed.

    Fnord

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  2. cortezattic

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    From what I can tell, the wood looks good. IMO, for $85 and the cost of a professional restoration, you can have a pretty swanky pipe!
    What are your plans?

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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  3. captainsousie

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    Wow, I see the beauty in that pipe. I think that'll clean up nicely. Do you plan to have a resto that brings the bowl back to level or are you going for a resto that leaves as much of the original pipe intact as possible?

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  4. fnord

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    Damn it.

    I was trying to use the Home Album for the pictures and couldn't get them to take. So, I went to Photobucket and did it the old fashioned way.

    I just pushed a bowl of DH Nightcap though this burner and it was swell.

    Fnord

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  5. cortezattic

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    That's a fantastic restoration! Wow, you've got one sweet pipe now...

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  6. captainsousie

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    Now I see it. Wow!!! That's a beauty and a half. Enjoy her in good health.

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    Jim, love the look of that pipe. The grain is stunning and Ejames did a great job on it.

    Enjoy your Blue Riband and thanks for posting!

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    That is a handsome pipe! Many happy smokes!

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    A dramatic transformation to be sure. Enjoy!

    Mike S.

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    Nice pipe Jim, Ed is a master!

    The Old Cajun
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    I saw that one as well, nicely done! That band/repair looked well done, so I bet she lasts another lifetime. A very nice way to get into a Blue Riband pipe.

    Al

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    Very nice transformation. I hope you enjoy it for many years to come.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    Fnord: That is a beautiful restoration! It's like Ed brought back its history and beauty. I know you will enjoy that BR.

    Thanks for sharing.


    The past is never dead. It's not even past--Requiem for a Nun
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    Jim,you are quite welcome! I hope you get many good smokes from that old Comoy!

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    Congrats to you for saving a classic from the trash heap. I'm sure you will treat that Blue Riband with more care than the last owner.

    It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling---Mark Twain
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    That pipe looks like it died and went to Heaven. Then came back to Earth as an angel. (It has a halo in pic 2 and 3)

    Jerod
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    Fnord, congrats on the Comoy and your vision. Ed does top end restorations.

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    Incredible job restoring that pipe. It looks like a top of the line BR now, worth a bunch of money. I hope it smokes great for you for years to come. Congrats.

    Harris
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    A truly amazing restoration job.

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    Outstanding restoration on that Comoy's Blue Riband. May it provide you with years of fine smokes.

    The pipe eases you into the present moment - savor your pipe & you'll savor this moment.
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    I am always awestruck when I see a Blue Riband. They are really gorgeous pipes. And since yours has a new bit, oxidation should be less of an issue for you then for others who have BR pipes.

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    Congrats! That is a beautiful restore job. Nice to see the old pipe brought back to its former glory. Thanks for sharing.

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    Wow! Ed really brought that one back from the dead. Great job Ed, and congrats Fnord.

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  24. roadqueen

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    Amazing restoration! I have a couple of pipes that are in the same, if not slightly rougher condition that were once my grandfathers. They are certainly beyond help, I just keep them tucked away safely for sentimental purposes....and to remind myself to keep my pipes clean!

    One is even a nice meerschaum, unfortunately.

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    Great work Ed! Looks like it should be a great smoker. Hopefully it lasts you a long time!

    As long as I got a pipe full of baccy and a nose full of snuff, I'm a happy camper
    Cigarettes are an addiction, cigars are a hobby, pipes are a religion
    Posted 5 years ago #
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    Beautiful restoration, hats off to Ejames! Smoke this beauty in good health!

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