The stamping under the shank
According to Steve Smith, J. Sasieni died in 1946 and his son Alfred became the successor
to his father's business and the "Four Dot" stamping appeared on the shank. Alfred sold the
firm in 1979 to another firm but stayed as the director for some years.
My "Buckingham" is made earliest between 1946 and 1950 because that is when the text
"Sasieni" was changed to this simpler, though still script-style stamp of my pipe. The latest
possible time is 1979 because the town names like "Buckingham" were then removed.
Unluckily this Sasieni was well cleaned only from outside, its shank was mildly said full
of gunk. I had to apply the salt/alcohol treatment and use at least 50 Q-tips and cleaners
before I was happy. But happy I am, as now this pipe is an excellent proof of the terrific
craftmanship of the "Pre-Transition", family-era of Sasieni. It is a great smoker and very
light-weight pipe, which I am now proud to own.
Mastro de Paja
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Created October 2. 2000