Sasieni Pipes

In 1996, I published an article on Sasieni pipes in a now sadly defunct little magazine known as Pipe Friendly, and later republished it in slightly revised form in another magazine known as Pipes and Tobacco, which, I’m glad to say, is still going strong.

I’ve been a pipe smoker and collector for many years, with Sasieni pipes being my specialty. While I realize that and two bucks will get me a cup of coffee, I thought I may as well include the article on my own blog, if for no other reason than the article seems to be all over the Internet anyway.  You can read it here.

At some point in the future I intend to photograph my collection (about 100 or so pipes) and post them on another page.

This is only going to interest you if you are into pipe smoking and/or pipe collecting. If not, you’ll probably want to skip down to the very amusing post on suicide bombers.


4 Responses to “Sasieni Pipes”

  1. December 8, 2006 at 10:13 pm

    I am an absolute greenhorn when it comes to Pipes, Cigars or any other tobacco product, in actual fact I would probably be one of those annoying customers that Michael mentioned in a post some time ago. I do however have a soft spot for Pipe smokers as it reminds me of my Grandfather. Although he has passed away years ago, I still remember the smell and the moments shared while he was preparing and smoking his beloved pipe. Which reminds me, should write a post about that some day……

    Many people have strong memories of a father or grandfather smoking their pipe, which are brought back every time one smells the wonderful aroma of the tobacco. Glad you have a soft spot for us! 😉

  2. 2 Andy Karp
    April 2, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    Found your item about Ford’s pipesmoking and read about your Sasieni. I also have 100 pipes and know how daunting a task it would be to photograph them. But in the event you do, I would like to see them. Drop me an email if you ever do.


    Andy K.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. March 6, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Hi Steve,

    I owe you a picture of that War time 8 Dot with the military bit that I was having restored. Needless to say, it came through beautifully. Haven’t had time to photograph it as I’ve been kept more than busy on an animated feature.

    I do have a question for you about another Sasieni that I just bought. It’s a 1946-1950 Melton that shows signs of having been smoked no more than a few times. Everything is crisp and clean. The grain is spectacular, straight grain running almost completely about the lower half of the bowl, one of those rare occasions in a British pipe where the grain and the carving align as though it were Danish.

    Next to the word “Melton” there is an “N” stamping. Can you tell me what the “N” stands for? Other markings are the post war script Sasieni, under that are the words FOUR DOT, below that LONDON MADE, and finally the patent numbers: 150221/20. To the left of these stampings is the football shaped MADE IN ENGLAND stamp. All stamping has that “just struck” crispness.

    It’s a beauty. The stem will need a polish. While it’s not discolored with oxidation, it’s just dull. I suspect that this pipe has been in a drawer for the last 60 years…

    thanks for your time,

    Jesse Silver

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