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My New GBD, Need Some Help

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  1. brdavidson

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    I just picked up this new GBD at Smokers Haven in West Seneca NY. just loved the shape and how it felt in my hand. Only issue is that stem smells just awful and is oxidized a fair bit. It's never been smoked but it is an estate that's been sitting around for some time. I can't wait to smoke it bit I need to figure out how to clean up the stem first. HELP!

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    EDIT: Fixed the picture for you-Uber

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    Walker's Stem Restore Kit. $20, shipped. The kit is enough to restore 50 pipes.

    http://walkerbriarworks.com/html/stem_restore_kit.html

    That's a really nice GBD, BTW -- great choice!

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    If you really want to do it up right, read this article.

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    Thanks for the link Greg, I think I'll try that this weekend.

    Roth, thanks it was a toss up between this and a really nice Peterson St PatrickmDay 2012, to be honest my 10 year old daughter picked it out!

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    Good looking pipe, friend. Your daughter chose well.

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    That is a great looking GBD and it won't take much to get that stem shiny black. I recommend some micromesh to finish it. That older pre-Cadogan GBD will be a better smoker I suspect than that new Pete. (at least by my experience)

    Al

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    Your daughter has a good eye, must be in the genes, The old cajun

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    Thats very nice indeed... a good cleaning and she'll be ready for years of enjoyment!

    I carry a gun... because a cop is too heavy!
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    Congratulations on your new pipe. I hope you enjoy it for many years to come. Your daughter picked out a nice pipe for you. Take her along for future purchases. It is always nice to get other opinions.

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    It's funny, we're in Buffalo for her cheerleading competition and some daddy daughter shopping and all she wants to do is go back to the shop and look at more pipes! I've created a monster! I do feel a little weird bringing her to a store with a smoking lounge in it though.

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    That is a great looking pipe, congrats on your new acquisition. I bring my 10 year old daughter to my local b/m all the time. She likes looking at the pipes and the owner always gives here a bubble gum cigar. Throughout the years all my kids would go with me to any tobacconist I would go to and they always loved the smells and looking at the stuff.

    I would not give it a second thought about bringing her to a place with a smoking lounge, it is not like she is sitting there for an hour or two. I think it is great daddy/daughter time that should be cherished.

    Harris
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    Thanks Harris that's good to know, we've had a great weekend bonding together. Its a memory I'll cherish forever. She even asked to have the pipe whenever I stop using it so she could remember that day!

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    Anyone have any idea o how to age this pipe? It's a natural 398, has the oval GBD stamped on the stummel and the brass inset on the stem, there is also a small capital G on the back of the stummel. I was led to believe there is some age to this but now I'm not so sure.

    Edit: it has the round made in London, with the England in a straight line under it

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    You might find some info here http://www.perardua.net/pipes/GBDlines.html

    I know what I need, smoke, I can't recall the last time I tasted it....Gandalf in the mines of Moria.

    "we shall have to share pipes, as good friends must at a pinch'....'I keep a treasure or two near my skin, as precious as rings to me. Here's one: my old wooden pipe. And here's another an unused one...He held up a small pipe with a wide flattened bowl, and handed it to Gimli. 'Does that settle the score between us', said Merry. 'Most noble hobbit, it leaves me deep in your debt."
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    Anyone have any idea o how to age this pipe?

    A metal logo on the stem does mean your GBD pipe predates the late 1980s, so it is at least 24-25 years old.

    We do have other puffers here (Al comes to mind) that, I am sure, can shed more light about your pipe.

    What's interesting, too, (especially since you found your GBD at Smokers' Haven) is I remember reading that the owner of the original Smokers' Haven in Columbus, Ohio had the most prodigious collection of GBDs and, for years, his shop was, by far, the largest dealer of GBDs in the world.

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    Thanks Roth, I just read that a few minutes ago, why does it seem so hard to date these pipes?

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    why does it seem so hard to date these pipes?

    Seems all pipes are hard to date --'cept Dunhills and Ashtons. Often even the experts who know the entire history of the brand, can only approximate.

    But hey, I think "about 25 years old" is fairly close for yours, IMO.

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    Got nothing to add other to say good looking pipe

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    Thanks again, that's pretty cool as far as I'm concerned, this is my 5th pipe and the others have been relatively mid to lower grade. Its pretty exciting to unexpectedly pickup a pipe thats around a quarter century old. My 10 year old daughter picked it out so she'll be pretty excited to hear how old it is.

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    That is a sweet looker you got there. Great to here about daddy,daughter bonding time. She's got a good sense of style. Maybe when she gets old enough, we'll be seeing her on here

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    I'll be ok with that in about 20 years Josh!

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    What does it say underneath the GBD logo on the shank?

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    Edit: it has the round made in London, with the England in a straight line under it

    That is Cadogan era stamping, started after the merger in 1981. Yours is one of the rarer ones that also have the pre-Cadogan brass rondell. I have one as well. While I have no proof, I suspect these pipes were made early in '81 after the merger and brass rondells were used until the inventory was exhausted. These pipes also seem to have a letter stamped near the shape number. My pipe smokes as well as my other pre-Cadogan pipes so I hope yours will as well. Perhaps older inventory briar was also still in use at this time.

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    Smokers Haven in Ohio was indeed one of the largest GBD dealers in the US.

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    The letter is actually on the underside of the shank and is a letter G

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    No one seems to know what those extras letters or numerals signify on Cadogan era GBD's. Here is my pipe, which has a single "5" stamped on the nomenclature:

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    Thanks for all your help with this gentlemen, it's really appreciated. I've fixed up the stem's oxidization and cleaned out the inside of the stem using pipemasters clean and cure. I think it looks pretty dam good for my first estate. I'm not very handy so I'm pretty proud of myself!

    brdavidson55's GBD Stem Restored album on Photobucket

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    But I still can't post photos properly, sorry guys!

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    I give up

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    In Photobucket, just copy the "IMG Code" info and post that directly into yoru reply - don't use the IMG box.
    I'm looking forward to seeing it!

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    Here I go one last time!

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    Finally......success on the photos. Note to self, don't try to upload photos from a tablet, never seems to work!

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    Success! I have trouble sometimes trying to post from Photobucket via my Android.

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    That stem doesn't look fixed to me. Isn't that still green?

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    No it's black the flash is crazy bright and I have to lower the resolution so I can post the pictures on this forum

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