So grabbed some sandpaper and took that shine right off. After all it was a pipe, and to my twelve year old mind pipes should look.
They have one thing in common, they are pipes from the leading brands - Dunhill, Charatan, Savinelli, Stanwell, Comoy, Larsen, quality Freeforms, GBD, etc; they have original mouthpieces and haven't been battered.
When new, many of these refurbished pipes would have been in the Prestige Pipe class.
The finish was worn on the rim as well as darkened and dented.
You can see the damage to the inner edge of the bowl as well.
It is evident through the Dunhill factory stamp logs that Parker and Dunhill were closely linked at the factory level through the 1950s, yet it was much more than a few minor flaws that distinguishing the two brands.
Most Dunhill "failings" would have been graded out after the bowl turning process exposed unacceptable flaws.This was prior to stoving, curing, carving, bit work and finishing.In others words, very few Parkers would be subjected to the same rigorous processes and care as pipes destined to become Dunhills.Didn’t even smoke this one before I started in changing its appearance. Made that pipe look as if it had gone through all sorts of catastrophes and come out sort of all right. My pipe smoking kind of ebbed and flowed over the next several years, but didn’t really amount to much.I messed with cigarettes a lot while in high school and some in college but gradually shifted over more to pipe smoking until I stopped cigarettes completely.When I received the pipe I took the following photos of it to give you the big picture of this tiny pipe.