Made in England
After some research, I have found that "International Selection" was a sub brand of Charatan Pipes.
When this pipe arrived along with a batch of others from an auction of esate pipes I nearly consigned it to the "put aside for the future" box. Was it worth restoring, I asked myself? Actually there were two identical pipes in the batch, both of which were in horrible condition.
I am pleased that I decided to have a go at it, because with a considerable amount of work it has turned out to be a lovely pipe! It is now ready to be enjoyed once again.
See: The stages in renovating this pipe (opens in a new page)
I am extremely pleased with the way that this one has come out, and this one is going to make someone very happy indeed.
The bowl has been thoroughly cleaned, sanded back to bare wood, re-waxed and polished. The chamber has been reamed to remove the old build up of carbon. The stem has been cleaned and polished. It has come up just like new! All of the airways have been cleaned out using isopropyl alcohol to remove the old traces of tar and to sterilise it.