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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:25 am 
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I got this collection of estate pipes from ebay, just came in today. I think I did OK. Nine pipes and a nice lazy susan rack with humidor for 50 bucks.

So, what is that oddball in the upper left, top row?

I can't wait to clean up the next one, the Soren freestyle sitter. It is in very nice shape, just lots of oxidation on the stem. I suspect this collection sat for a LONG time before it was found.

Next in the top row, the Honeymaster. The stem is stuck tight. It is in very nice condition and I don't want to break it. Should I try the freezer first?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:34 am 
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You'll have much better luck with Pipe I.D. questions here:

http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/

This site is almost all pipe makers, not collectors.

As for the stuck stem, yes, try the freezer trick first.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:49 am 
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Thanks, I will try over there.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:39 am 
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Top left looks like an old meerschaum with a replacement stem.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:12 pm 
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TIAFO on the stuck stem. It takes only a few minutes to try the freezer trick

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The mortise also may loosen up with some water or steam. When briar dries out, the major shrinkage is circumferential, not radial, so the mortise gets tighter.
Adding moisture may reverse that phenomenon.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:00 pm 
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Thank you! I am learning slowly. One thing I have learned is that I will have to sneak the pipe into a freezer. LOL

Now I see that the oddball (meerschaum) pipe has a stuck stem too. Not sure how to proceed with that one.

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