I acquired this Weber recently off Ebay. From the pictures i saw it looked like a fine, excellent condition example. The Virgin Deluxe is i believe one of Weber’s top line models. Most likely the pipe is from the 1960’s-1970’s.
I have a few pokers made by Weber now but none are a straight stem like this one. All are either a cherrywood shape or a straight saddle bit. Like the one in this old Weber ad.
These 375’s don’t pop up often ,so i bid and hoped for the best. Luckily there was not much interest in it and i won. I gladly now include it in my American made poker collection.
The pipe arrived and indeed it was in very good condition with no major problems. The stem was very tight, so it spent a couple of hours in the freezer.
In fact i had to apply some bees wax to the tenon in order to put it back together to take the above pictures.
The pipe was pretty clean inside the bowl and shank. There was very minor cake build up.
The shank cleaned quickly with a brush and only needed a couple of cleaners to finish it up.
The rim char came off easy with some mineral oil and a piece of Scotch-Brite pad. I went over bowl lightly with some 2500 grit and mineral oil. I also gave bowl chamber and inside of shank a go over with mineral oil.
The outside of the stem though was grimy and oxidized quite a bit, although its hard to tell from the pictures. After a soak in 91% alcohol i gave a good scrub inside and out.
I did find a couple of deep tooth marks . One was shallow enough to file but the other will have to be filled.
I soaked the stem in Oxy-Clean and warm water for about a hour and half. Taking it out about every 30-40 minutes and scrubbed it with a piece of Scotch-Brite pad. After last time i went over it with Bar Keepers applied to damp paper towel until no more lingering oxidation came off on the paper towel (notice how dirty brown the Oxy Clean water is and that can tell you how much dark brown oxidation it had).
After wiping down the stem again with 91% i filled around the tooth marks for the fill to get good adhesion. I don’t like to file around Weber buttons too much as they have thin stems at the mouth because of the large air opening they used. Makes for a very good drawing pipe but its also a weakness of them. A big percent of Weber estate pipes i see have stem button damage or cracks. So its best to fill tooth marks instead of trying to file them out on a Weber.
I wiped the dust off with another swipe with 91%.
I mixed up some carbon and vulacanite powder i sanded from a old junk stem. I applied some CA glue to the tooth mark and pressed the powder mix on top of it
Filled down the fill.
I sanded the filled areas with 400 , 600, 800,1000 grit
Then gave the whole stem a wet sand with 1200,1500,1800 ,2000 and 2500 grit
The soaking and scrubbing took some of the black relief out of the Weber stem emblem.
I colored it back in with a black sharpie. It will come off when i wipe it mineral oil , any remaining will come off during time on the buffer.
The bowl and stem are back together ready for a final wipe down and inspection, i also reapplied a thin coat of bee’s wax to the tenon as the wax it had has all been cleaned off from the refurbish.The Weber is now ready for some light buffing and a few coats of wax.
Finished Weber Virgin Deluxe.
The pipe is stamped Weber / Virgin Deluxe.
Also Imported Briar / 375 along with English Para on stem.
The 375 smokes excellent like all my Weber’s. To me KB&B Yello-Boles and Weber’s are the best bang for the buck of the old American made, mass produced smoker’s you can find. You just cant beat a old push stem.
Thanks for dropping by and checking out my Weber 375.
Till next time,
Good smokes to you.