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Early 1960s Family-Era Sasieni Two Dot Natural Author - ("Ashford" shape)

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I have a special affection for old family-era Sasienis. Due to a serendipitous find at an estate sale when I was 23, my first pipes were a batch of unsmoked 1950's Sasienis and Savinellis, and I've loved both brands ever since, but especially Sasienis. So when I come across old Four Dots, I always get a little smile on my face. I guess it's all that "first true love" thing. But really, what's not to love? They're absolutely wonderful pipes in all respects, especially smoking quality. They have so much character and seem to have warmth about them that one also gets from early Dunhills, GBDs and Barlings; it's a quality you don't find very often in pipes today.

Here I have a really great family-era Sasieni in one of my favorite Sasieni shapes.  It's a late 1950s or early 1960s Two Dot Natural shape 88, which is the "Ashford" Author shape (I can date the pipe to this timeframe from the tenon style and other clues).  This one has that really 'old-school' bend to the stem, where the stem is "over-bent"; the curve of the stem goes beyond the parallel plane of the rim, which is something you saw a lot on the Author shape back in the 1930s, especially on the Dunhill CK Quaint.  Two Dots were never really quite "seconds", but not quite "firsts" either, so usually they became Two Dots due to washout in the grain, or natural flaws (e.g., sandpits) in the wood.  The graining on this one is a front-to-back crosscut, with tight, wavy birdseye on the front of the bowl and flamegrain on both left and right, but there's quite a bit of washout and some branch grain on the shank; I suspect this is why this became a two dot.  Overall the pipe is in very good condition with a couple detractions but nothing serious.

Markings read: Sasieni, TWO DOT, LONDON MADE, MADE IN ENGLAND (straight line), 88 (shape number is practically gone).  The stem is original and has two dots now faded to a very milky pale blue-green.  Measurements: 5" long, bowl is just over 1 1/2" wide and just under 1 1/2" tall. The pipe weighs 41 grams. This one is about a Dunhill group 3 in capacity.



8.75 out of 10.  Sharp, deep stampings, original stem, nice grain, great shape.  Overall a very nice pipe; issues aren't bad.  First there's a pinprick toothmark (tiny really) on the top of the button.  Next there is some slight-to-moderate darkening on the inner rim chamfer, mainly along the back wall.  The main issue is there are a number of small dings and one large one (the small dings are one on the left side of the bowl, one on the left bottom of the bowl where it meets the shank and a few on the front of the bowl near the larger ding).  Please note that these dings are not readily visible; they are there, yes, but you just don't notice them at first due to, I suppose, the graining maybe.  Finally, the shape number stamp "88" is practically gone, which is a puzzle as it cannot possibly be buffed off - it is literally millimeters from the "ENGLAND" stamp, which is deep, sharp and crisp with no signs of buffing.  Otherwise, the pipe is fully restored and ready to pack and light.  Two Dots are not seen in large numbers to begin with, but I don't ever recall seeing a Two Dot author before.  Nice pipe, even with the issues.


SORRY, THIS PIPE DOES NOT QUALIFY FOR OUR 15 DAY "SMOKE AND RETURN" GUARANTEE FOR SELECT ESTATE PIPES, but CAN be returned, unused, within seven days.  For more information, please see our "Return Policy" page.


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