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Missouri Meerschaum Cobbit “Shire” Corn Cob Pipe

I have not posted anything about any of my cobs i own so i thought i would show off my latest cob purchase. When i first started smoking pipes , i smoked cobs. I even got into doing some cob customizing before i got into refurbishing/restoring and collecting briar pipes.

I recently  ordered me some Stokkebye PS-83 Amsterdam Blend ( Dark Fired Kentucky and Va. blend ) so i thought i would pick me up a new Missouri Meerschaum Cobbit “Shire” Corn Cob Pipe. Being a fan of cobs and the “Lord of Rings” books it seemed like a good idea.
I love certain blends in a cob pipe and smoke them often while I’m working outside ,mowing or some such.If you have never had Carter Hall in a cob with a cup of coffee then you don’t know what you are missing .

I wanted a fancier one for the when I’m at home relaxing and the “Shire” caught my eye. It’s like a small cob Churchwarden.

I read a few reviews about people saying the stem was not that good and were loose fitting . I found the stem OK to me , it did have some rough edges but that was fixed easily with a little wet sanding and some passes with a yellow and white buffing pad. Took me about 10 minutes work. As far as the stem fitting loose, mine was not. In fact mine was too tight so i put a coat off bee’s wax on the tenon. I also coated the bottom of the bowl with carbon/syrup to prevent tasting the nasty birch shank while breaking it in.

Missouri Meerschaum “Shire”



The pipe is non filter with a hardwood plug bottom shaped and tapered. So its not a sitter. Its not a good clencher , its a sit back and relax pipe and that was just what i was looking for. It feels excellent in the hand. I have a very expensive Vauen Churchwarden that i smoke only on special occasions but this one being low cost and practical i can smoke it anytime and often.

The PS Amsterdam is a excellent in it (in fact i may post a review on that tobacco).

All and all I’m very happy with the Cobbit and if you are a fan of cobs , pick one up i think you will like it.

The also have larger size “Wizard” and a smaller size “Dwarf” . The “Shire” is the medium size of the three.


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Simple Clean Up & Preservation Of A Kaywoodie 5051 Push Stem Billiard

I have been picking up a few older Kaywoodie’s four digits lately and thought i would share this one as the old push stems are pretty scarce.
I was scanning EBAY and saw this come up as a ‘Buy It Now” for a great price plus free shipping , so i purchased it right away.



It was lightly smoked and in excellent shape other than the bite marks and a dent on bottom of shank. I think the previous owner chewed it more than they smoked it.
This is my first shape 51 and i like it quite a bit. Its basically a 05 with a longer shank and shorter stem . I’m a big fan of the 07, 05 and 11 shaped billiard’s but i think this might be my new favorite and will be on the lookout for some more. It was in such great shape for its age i kept the work on it as least as possible.I cleaned off the rim residue  with a green pad and water. I also gave it a wipe with some mild  detergent/water to clean it of any surface grime and oils.The bowl had very thin cake so all i did was give it a quick sand. The shank was very clean and only took two cleaners with alcohol.

I got rid of the ding on bottom of shank with a damp cloth and iron.

I gave it a rub down with mineral oil and sanded the rim slightly with some 1800 grit.

After soaking the stem in 91% alcohol i gave it a good scrubbing in and out.

With a little filing ,sanding and heat i was able to get rid of about 98% of the tooth marks without jeopardizing the thickness of the stem.

I then gave it a good sanding with it on the pipe to fix some slight register problem’s. I used 500 grit on up to 2500 wet/dry paper.

The pipe is now ready for some slight buffing and wax.

The pipe is stamped Supergrain over Kaywoodie and imported briar over 5051. From research on the stamping’s and the clover being on the stem i think the pipe is from around early to late 1937. I’m thinking this might be one of the last few Supergrain push bits made.

Finished pipe.





I thought what a better way to try this old classic out was with some original Edgeworth Ready Rubbed.

The pipe smokes EXCELLENT. I can not understand why Kaywoodie did not stick with push bit models. At least on some of their high end models.  Even though i like the four hole stinger’s (three holer’s not so much) the push bit smokes so much better than the non removable stinger models.


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Two Original Unopened Edgeworth Ready Rubbed 14 oz tubs

I recently acquired two unopened tubs of Edgeworth Ready Rubbed from a friend of mine over at Dr. Grabow Collectors Forum. Other than some surface rust the tubs  are in great shape. No large dents and the tobacco was not compromised from the rust.


From the tub design and lack of tobacco stamp I’m guessing they are from mid to late 1950’s

I opened one up and the smell was like a big whiff of molasses candy. My brother was standing next to me and was surprised at the smell it still had after all these years. I think he was thinking i was crazy to plan on smoking this old a tobacco ,but came around after seeing how well preserved it was.


The back side of the tub paper even has a pipe coupon offer. I wonder who made the pipes for them? I know at one time Linkman Olde London pipes were a coupon pipe for them but I’m thinking these tubs are newer than that.  Maybe I’m wrong and the tubs are older than i think.
A straight pipe with your name engraved in gold , two pouches of Edgeworth and a booklet on how to smoke and care for your pipe. All that for two dollars.

The tobacco moisture is perfect for smoking. Again the molasses smell from it is just heavenly.

I decided to try it out in a old unmarked late 1910’s to late 1920’s unmarked Algerian briar pipe i have. I consider it one of my best smoking pipes and has seen many a bowl of OTC tobacco’s through it.

I’ve smoked both the P&C Edgeworth Match and Lane Limited Ready Rubbed and ill have to agree with  most that they are not near as good as the original.
The flavor is so much deeper and more intense than the new versions. The molasses flavor is far more tasty. I know this has aged a while and that may be part of it. I can tell though the quality of the newer  tobacco is not near as good. I think they used a much better tobacco than they use today. If they tried to use a tobacco this good  a quality today ( if they could find any)  it would make the product too costly for a OTC type blend. I should also  note that there was not one bit of chemical taste in it like modern OTC’s can have when you first open a tub. The tobacco is at least 50 plus years old and stayed moist enough to smoke . I don’t see why modern tobacco companies seem to think they need to add all the PG to tobacco. Maybe its because the modern cardboard and plastic tubs are not as good for storing tobacco?

I have smoked about four bowls of it so far and I’m amazed at how well it smokes. It burns very cool and leaves very little  residue at all  other than fine ash.
I ran a pipe cleaner through the pipe afterwards and it comes out almost like new.
I can see why this tobacco was so popular and why its so sorely missed by the people who used to smoke Edgeworth.

*Update*

It seems the coupon offer was for Linkman pipes, A fellow member of DGCF posted these for me. If the coupon offer is for a Linkman pipe it makes the tubs older than the 1950’s. After 1944 Linkman name was not used on pipes as they switched to only using Dr. Grabow. Ed pointed out too that 2.00 dollars for was kinda cheap for the 1950’s so the tubs are most likely early 194os……..I think anyway.