I was sent this hard to find LHS poker as a gift from Fletch . He is a fellow member of the Dr.Grabow Collectors Forum ,
He picked up the pipe in a lot he acquired at the Kansas City pipe show not long back . He knew i was looking for a LHS Poker and was kind enough to think of me .
Upon arrival i was happy to see it was a larger poker at just a hair under two inches tall. The bowl was in very nice shape with just some minor dings and such . The stem needed some work though as a corner of it was missing from a previous owner chewing on it . The LHS bar emblem was missing on the stem also .
I knew fixed and cleaned this would be a really nice poker .
The pipe did not have much cake in it but the shank and stem was very dirty. In Fact the stinger was completely clogged up and stuck in the screw in tenon .
I gave the pipe the shank a good scrubbing and cleaning , sanded some of the cake out of bowl while i soaked the stem in 91% alcohol .
*tip* Do not use the applicator that comes with the nail polish . On the other two coats i used a detail paint brush . It was a lot easier and less messy .
Gave the bowl a sanding with 1200 then worked my way up to 2500 grit and mineral oil to get out most of dings but not enough to get into raw briar . I also cleaned the metal collar on the shank and female threads with steel wool.
The pipe smokes excellent!!! (with stinger removed ).
I will enjoy it for a long time to come . Thank you for the gift Fletch .