First Resto/Clean Up, Hardcastle's Bulldog

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stickframer

Part of the Furniture Now
Apr 11, 2015
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This was my first attempt at cleaning up an estate pipe, an Hardcastle's Jack O' London shape 92, I believe made between 1946-1967, before Dunhill fully took over. The condition wasn't too bad other than a lot of grime on the exterior and the cake/tobacco still in the bowl.
With limited restoration supplies, this is the result. The stem is not perfect but that's okay, and the paint on the stem logo was very faint. It is now non-existent thanks to magic erasers. I'm not quite sure how to clean a stem without affecting the logo. All in all I'm pretty happy with the result and will be smoking this ol dog shortly.

 

stickframer

Part of the Furniture Now
Apr 11, 2015
875
6
You guys waste no time lol. Hope this works. Before:
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After:
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:oops:

 

mso489

Lifer
Feb 21, 2013
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It doesn't look like a 'dog until the last picture, but there it is indeed a lovely old dog, sans bead line. For years, Iwan Ries had a nice grouping of Hardcastles for $40, in the last six years or so, but they finally came down. I think they had brass or copper bands. Not fancy pipes, but I bet they were good smokers, probably quite old but unused.

 

Chasing Embers

Captain of the Black Frigate
Nov 12, 2014
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Looks great! Be warned however that restoring old beauties is far more addictive than regular PAD.

 

stickframer

Part of the Furniture Now
Apr 11, 2015
875
6
Thanks everyone. Chasing, I believe you. It was totally satisfying cleaning it up.
I almost passed on this pipe thinking the amount of gunk was beyond my skills, but it worked out pretty well, with simple materials.
This forum is full of knowledge and resources, and is turning me into a real junkie enthusiast. :mrgreen:

 

mawnansmiff

Lifer
Oct 14, 2015
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Sunny Cornwall, UK.
Hardcastle pipes are much underrated in my book. I have several including a couple of Jack 'O' London models and they're all great smokers.
The same applies to Parker pipes, cheap to buy new but smoke perfectly.
Regards,
Jay.

 
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