Made in London England. Very good used condition. Needs to be sanitized and cleaned. Light caking in bowl. Light tooth wear on end of bit - see pics. Normal wear and tear dings, oxidation and scratches In the early 's Sasieni was sued by Dunhill for their use of a single dot on their stems. As a result, Sasieni was fo I have described the condition as well as I can, inspect provided photos carefully.
This is a beautiful Sasieni Eight Dot Pot. The stem is original and fits perfectly. Once I was satisfied with the stem repair, I started work on the stummel which has dried by now. The balm almost immediately works its magic and the briar now has a nice vibrant appearance. I further buff it with a horse hair shoe brush. To finish, using a cotton cloth and brute muscle power, I gave it a final polish.
I re-attach the stem with the stummel. The completed pipe looks lovely, fresh and vibrant; the photographs speak for themselves.
Thank you for having the patience to reach this far while reading the write up. Your comments are of utmost importance to me for improving my skills in restoration process as well as writing about it. Apologies for poor quality of pictures. I will definitely try to work on it. My brother Jeff found this old Sasieni on one of his gallivants to the Oregon Coast.
He stopped by an antique shop and picked up a few nice ones.
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This wire rusticated Sasieni billiard with a Sterling Silver band is unique to my eyes. I have not cleaned one up before or repaired one for someone else. It has a Fantail or Fish Tail stem that is unique. It is stamped on the underside of the shank and the stamping is faint but readable. In bright light I can read that at the bowl end it is stamped England in an arch.
The last stamping is the shape number I am pretty certain that this is a Family Era pipe made somewhere between — This puts the date of the pipe between and — a large spread.
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The Sterling Silver band looks like it could have been original with the pipe when it left the factory but I am not certain. Sasieni is a brand that I am not as familiar with so I do not know all of the ins and outs of the shapes and finishes. I remembered that Al Jones had worked on a Sasieni pipe with a similar finish and stamping.
His was a Moorgate Pot. Here is the link: This work must have been painstakingly slow with the carving following the briar grain lines. The striations run vertically on the bowl sides but the shank is the same style. I have included the photos of the bottom of the shank on the one I am working on below. Jeff included photos of the pipe from a variety of angles to show the condition of the bowl, rim and finish on the pipe. It was worn and tired. Fortunately there were no chips or cracks in the briar and other than just being dirty and worn it was in good shape.
Jeff sent along a photo of the cake in the bowl and the lava that had flowed over the top of the rim. The outer edges of the rim looked pretty decent with no wear or tear from tapping it out against hard objects. The cake in the bowl was hard and quite this.
The lava on the top filled in most of the grooves in the rustication on the back half of the bowl. The Sterling Silver band was heavily tarnished but it appeared to be sound underneath the tarnish. It had an arched Sterling Silver stamped into the topside of the band. The stem had deep tooth marks and the button was worn away from use. There were no bite throughs or cracks in the stem. The middle portion on both sides of the stem near the button was in the worst condition with the edges being quite clean.
The stem was oxidized.
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The photos below show the tooth marks and chatter on the stem surfaces. Jeff reamed the bowl with the PipNet reamer and took out all of the cake. It was then clear that the inner edge was also undamaged. He scrubbed out the inside of the mortise and the airway in the shank and the stem with alcohol, pipe cleaners and cotton swabs until it was spotless. The stain lightened considerably with the cleaning but it would not be hard to restain it to match the colour of the original.
I took the next photos to show the condition of the pipe when it arrived in Vancouver. The cleanup on the rim was stellar in my opinion. The grime and lava are gone and the grooves of the rustication are clean and visible. I took photos of both sides of the stem to document the oxidation and the tooth marks located on the top and underside. I sanded the tooth chatter out of the vulcanite and cleaned up the area with a cotton swab and alcohol.
I used black super glue to fill in the tooth dents that were too large to raise by applying heat to the stem. I set the stem aside while the glue dried. After the photo I used a little more glue to build up the area around the sharp edge of the button. Once it is dried I will recut that area with a needle file. The tarnish came off quite easily and I buffed it with the cloth to make it shine. I applied it and flamed it with a lighter. I repeated the process until the coverage was good on the briar. Once it was dry I wiped down the bowl with cotton pads and alcohol to lighten it even more and bring it closer to the finish that had originally been on the bowl.
I buffed the pipe with Blue Diamond on the buffing wheel carefully avoiding the stamping on the underside of the shank. It was light enough already and I did not want to damage it further. I hand buffed the area with a microfibre cloth. The bowl was looking very good at this point. I took the following photos to show where what the pipe looked like at this point. I decided to clean up a bit of extra cake that clung to the bowl walls toward the bottom of the bowl with the Savinelli Fitsall Reamer.
It did not take too much to knock off the small remnants of cake toward the bottom of the bowl. Once the repair had cured I used a needle file to recut the sharp edge of the button. I also used the file on the flat surface of the repairs to blend them into the rest of the stem. I sanded the stem with grit sandpaper to remove the oxidation and blend in the repairs with the surface of the stem. I sanded it so as to remove the oxidation but not change the profile of the stem.
If you did not know it was supposed to be there you would not see it. I polished the stem with micromesh sanding pads — wet sanding it with grit pads and rubbing it down with Obsidian Oil. I dry sanded it with grit pads. I buffed it with red Tripoli and gave it another coat of oil. I dry sanded it with grit pads and rubbed it down between each pad with a coat of oil. I set aside the stem to let the oil dry. I put the stem back in place in the shank and buffed the bowl and stem lightly with Blue Diamond on the buffing wheel. I buffed the pipe and stem with a clean buffing pad to raise the shine.
I hand buffed the bowl with a shoe brush and then with a microfibre cloth to deepen the shine. The finished pipe is shown in the photos below. The dimensions of the pipe are Length: The contrast of the dark brown and a medium brown that shines through give the finish a rich patina. The bowl has been cleaned and the entire pipe is ready to smoke. The stem is in great shape.
The tooth marks have been removed though there is slight scratching on the vulcanite. It is a beautiful pipe, just a little big for my liking or I would hang on to it. I will be putting it on the rebornpipes store soon. If you are interested in adding it to your collection email me at slaug uniserve.
Not being too knowledgeable about the ebb and flow of Sasieni pipe history leaves me with a lot of questions about the latest pipe that my brother sent my way. The stem itself is stamped France. There are four blue dots on the left side of the saddle portion of the stem. He picked it up in a thrift shop in Boise, Idaho along with the Dunhill Shell I wrote about restoring in an earlier blog https: When my brother first sent the following photos before his cleanup work I was intrigued but the finish looked very spotty.
The stem appeared to be in overall good condition with no bite marks or tooth chatter on either side. Can any of you help me regarding the age of the pipe? Any help would be much appreciated. We discussed this a bit and he sent me a photo of the front of the bowl from the bottom side that showed the spotty finish that I noted.
There was also a lot of grime in the sandblast grooves on the bowl leaving it with a muddy appearance. The bowl had a thick cake that overflowed over the top of the rim obscuring the blast features on the top side. They also made it hard to tell if there was any damage to the inner or outer edges of the rim. The stamping on the smooth underside of the shank was really quite clear and sharp. The bowl and stem had not been over buffed which were good omens for what it would look like when it was cleaned up.
The close up photos of the stem told a little different story than the overall photos. There was light oxidation on the surface and what appeared to be some sticky glue left behind by a price tag from the shop the pipe came from. Just and aside; if you sell pipes in an antique shop or have a booth in an antique mall do not used gummed labels to price your merchandise. It leaves behind residue that is a pain to remove. I was curious to see what the pipe would look like once my brother had worked his cleaning magic on it. I was sure I would be surprised at what it came out looking like.
I wondered if the mottled finish would survive the cleanup and whether the stem would be oxidized further as well in the process. When the pipe arrived in Vancouver I took some photos of it to show what it looked like before I worked on it.
He had been able to remove much of the mottled finish and the grime in the grooves of the sandblast. The gummy substance on the stem was gone and the stem was not too badly oxidized.
There were no tooth marks or chatter on the stem. The reaming job on the bowl had taken care of the cake and the scrubbing had removed most of the buildup on the rim.
What remained was a little darkening and some grime deep in the grooves. I took a close up photo of the rim and bowl. The bowl was reamed clean. The rim needed some more work with a brass bristle brush to clean out the remaining debris deep in the grooves of the blast.
I took some photos of the stem to show the overall condition it was in before I started working on it. I was glad to see that there were no deep bite marks or tooth chatter that I would need to deal with on this one. Nothing more annoying to me than the lighter band around a replacement stem from the removal of patina. I sent this Sasieni to Mike Meyers today for full resto and proper replacement four dot stem. I have high hopes for it!
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