Greg - Happy bithday and I'd say you did a great job with that pipe.
I used EJames trick yesterday, but just substituted some cigar ash that I collect when I'm at my local shop. This Comoy's stem has a big hole in it, just below the button. I forgot to take a before picture.
Thank you for the kind works. I paid the princely sum of $8 this one; one very similar to this one, unrestored and in rough shape, just recently went for about $30 on the Bay so I feel real good about my purchase! As for selling it, one never knows but I don't have any plans to let it go.