ROADRUNNER ESTATE PIPES

WHERE OLD TOBACCO PIPES COME TO BE NEW AGAIN

PREVIOUS RESTORES


Below are some before and after photos of only a few of the estate tobacco pipe restorations I've completed over the years, but they represent a fair share of examples of the tasks necessary for different projects.  The Karl Erik Grade 0 was so dirty when I got it that I didn't even know who made it much less that it was the highest grade of his earliest pipes.  It also needed a new stem.  I had restored the Trident to like-new condition before the friend who bought it all but ruined it and decided he wanted me to re-work it into a shiny black finish dress pipe. 

Meerschaums are always a challenge because of the greater difficulty of removing scratches and other blemishes.  But of all the pipes I've worked on, I'm most proud of the Coloossus Pipe Factory Best Make Turned Lion's Head Meerschaum c. 1890, with a gold band and real red amber stem.  That antique pipe was filthy, needed a new bone tenon to connect the stem to the shank and had char in the chamber that had crystalized in more than 100 years since it was made.  That project took five years for me to finish without substituting any parts that were not used when the CPF was made in the 19th century. 

The other samples show different materials used to make pipes, including Bakelite, Redmanol and metal.  And of course I had to include the first pipe I ever tried my hand at cleaning up, although I had no idea I would end up doing it again -- and again and again, so many times now I've lost count.  It's the La Grande Bruyere Salesman Sample I bought for 50 cents at a garage sale in 1990, and after letting it sit on a shelf for quite a while decided to try it out.  I sanded the tiny chamber and ran some alcohol-soaked cleaners through the stem and shank and around the chamber to sanitize it, loaded some good tobacco when it was dry and lit up.  At the time I had no idea it was a salesman sample or what such a thing was, but they were made in the early 1900s as exact, scaled replicas of almost every kind of product sold by traveling salesmen who couldn't take the real, larger samples with them.  The Lilliputian pipe amazed me with the quality of taste it brought out of the tobacco and the length of time the one miniscule fill lasted. 


  1. KARL ERIK EARLY GRADE 0 FREEHAND BEFORE
    KARL ERIK EARLY GRADE 0 FREEHAND BEFORE
  2. KSRL ERIK EARLY GRADE 0 FREEHAND AFTER
    KSRL ERIK EARLY GRADE 0 FREEHAND AFTER
  3. TRIDENT SYSTEM PIPE BEFORE
    TRIDENT SYSTEM PIPE BEFORE
  4. TRIDENT SYSTEM PIPE DRESSED IN BLACK AFTER
    TRIDENT SYSTEM PIPE DRESSED IN BLACK AFTER
  5. AFRICAN MEERSCHAUM BEFORE
    AFRICAN MEERSCHAUM BEFORE
  6. AFRICAN MEERSCHAUM AFTER
    AFRICAN MEERSCHAUM AFTER
  7. SAVINELLI OSCAR 515 KS BEFORE
    SAVINELLI OSCAR 515 KS BEFORE
  8. SAVINELLI OSCAR 515 KS AFTER
    SAVINELLI OSCAR 515 KS AFTER
  9. KBB BLUELINE BAKELITE C. 1908-1914 LEFT BEFORE
    KBB BLUELINE BAKELITE C. 1908-1914 LEFT BEFORE
  10. KBB BLUELINE BAKELITE RIGHT BEFORE
    KBB BLUELINE BAKELITE RIGHT BEFORE
  11. KBB BLUELINE BAKELITE LEFT AFTER
    KBB BLUELINE BAKELITE LEFT AFTER
  12. KBB BLUELINE BAKELITE RIGHT AFTER
    KBB BLUELINE BAKELITE RIGHT AFTER
  13. Falcon International Gold Bulldog Before
    Falcon International Gold Bulldog Before
  14. Falcon International Gold Bulldog with Silver Stem
    Falcon International Gold Bulldog with Silver Stem
  15. Turned Lion's Head Meerschaum gold band with amber stem c. 1890 Before Left
    Turned Lion's Head Meerschaum gold band with amber stem c. 1890 Before Left
  16. Turned Lion's Head Meerschaum Before Front
    Turned Lion's Head Meerschaum Before Front
  17. Turned Lion's Head Meerschaum Before Top
    Turned Lion's Head Meerschaum Before Top
  18. Turned Lion's Head Meerschaum After Left
    Turned Lion's Head Meerschaum After Left
  19. Turned Lion's Head Meerschaum After Front
    Turned Lion's Head Meerschaum After Front
  20. Turned Lion's Head Meerschaum After Top
    Turned Lion's Head Meerschaum After Top