I picked up this mint condition WDC Milano Rustic Briar on Ebay for a very reasonable price.
I was drawn to the classic billiard shape and very much liked the rustication. The very excellent condition of the pipe was also a plus.
The pipe arrived quickly and required very little attention.The seller had done most of the work at making it ready to smoke. I pulled out the old style tube stinger and cleaned behind it. Sanded some very minor (almost not noticeable) chatter around the button of the stem. The cake was a slightly thick around the bottom of the bowl for my taste, so i sanded it down some. Gave the whole pipe a good rub down with mineral oil and applied a very thin coat of bee’s wax to the tenon. I rebuffed around the stem button and gave the pipe a couple coats of wax. Took less than 30 minutes.
Its a medium sized billiard abut the same exact shape and size of a Kaywoodie 05.
The seller even threw in a collapsible pipe stand.
I don’t really know much about dating WDC pipes and cant find much information on how too date them. From the wider type style stem i can tell its post early 30’s but the tube style stinger i have only seen on pre early 1930’s pipes. My guess is it dates around 1933-late 1930’s. I would say its no later than 1940, but again that’s just my guess. If anyone knows a more exact date of the Milano ,please post in the comments.
The pipe smokes excellent and even better with the tube stinger removed.
I have read online that some people think WDC made mediocre pipes. I find that untrue, the three i have are excellent quality and fine smokers. I look forward to having a few more in my collection.
Til next time,
Good smoke’s to you.