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This gem has gold studs and twisted gold wire inlaid in the bowl. It has a gold-plated band, with some of the plating worn off. The stem is horn, screws in, and still fits tight and straight - some visible patterning on the horn, but no obvious trouble cracks.
This beauty may be over 100 years old, but it will smoke like a dream for years to come. I hope it finds a home where it will be well cared for.
Overall length: 5"
Chamber width: 3/4"
Chamber depth: 1 1/2"
Information on the Colossus Pipe Factory (erroneously known as the Consolidated Pipe Factory in places) is hard to come by, but her are a few good sources:
"C.P.F.: Brand created in 1851 by Consolidated (or Colossus) Pipe Factory (Chesterfield Pipe Factory), taken over by KB&B in 1883"
I deal in restored pipes - mostly briars. I've fully refurbished over 200 pipes, and my briars are better than new at half the price.
Why buy a refurbished pipe?
Let me count the reasons...
1 - No risk of bad stock. When buying a new briar, there is always a chance of getting one made from a flawed piece of briar - they can lead to unavoidable burnout or cracking. With a previously smoked pipe, you know you're getting a solid piece of briar.
2 - No need to break it in. I leave a thin cake in each of my pipes, meaning that you don't need to wrack your nerves slowly babying your pipe through the first few smokes - it's already prepared to take a delicious flavor with no risk of burning.
3 - Better finish. Many low and mid range briars come varnished. The finish on these pipes will crack and discolor with smoking. I strip the varnish off of my pipes and finish them properly with oil and carnauba wax, for a beautiful luster that won't fade with smoking.
4 - Price. Even a cheap briar will cost upwards of $30 new. My pipes start at $15, and most are priced around half their value new.
5 - Guarantee. I guarantee every pipe I sell. Within 30 days, you can return it for a refund or exchange with no questions asked. Your pipe doesn't quite suit you? No problem. I will find you a pipe that you love or give you a complete refund. Try to find that kind of guarantee on a new pipe.
6 - Service. I service every pipe that I sell. If you break it, sour it, or just want it shined up, I offer all the necessary repair and maintenance services at very reasonable prices.
Castleford vinyl pipe and tobacco pouch - $10.
Castleford vinyl roll-up tobacco pouch - $8.
Pipe Tool, stainless - $5
Zippo Pipe Lighter - $20.
Pipe cleaners - $5/bundle of 100.
Basic Service (Ream, Sweeten, Clean, Buff) - $5
Complete Refurbish (Ream, Sweeten, Clean, Strip, Refinish) - $10
Vulcanite Stem Replacement - $10 ($20 for churchwardens)
Lucite or specialty stem replacement (check for availability and price)
All services are available by mail for the additional price of postage.