By Al Jones
I was genuinely thrilled to open the package on this Sasieni. The Sasieni “Regent” is one of my favorite shapes from that maker, and it will compliment the “Ruff Root” Regent already in my collection. The “Regent” is a smaller Sasieni shape, and at 45 grams, is perfect for my taste.
The Ebay seller only included a few poor photographs, but it was priced right and the pipe showed promise. When I opened the package and saw the Patent number stamping, that put a big smile on my face.
The pipe had some build-up on the bowl top and the stem looked to be in great shape, with no tooth dents and a decent fit. The Four Dots stem logo had faded with time, but were of the smaller style, so I knew that the stem was original.
Because the pipe has these details, it could have been made as early as 1935 but before 1946.
Four Dot & Town Name – town names started in 1935
Patent Number – used before WWII
Football style COM with no finish name (finishe names, Walnut, etc started after 1946)
Smaller Dot style pattern
The pipe as received:
A piece of worn scotch brite was used to remove the build-up on the bowl top, which revealed an almost perfectly preserved top. There was a slight cake and once removed, I found that the interior was also in excellent shape. The briar was lightly buffed with White Diamond and several coats of carnuba wax. I was careful around the already faded nomenclature.
The stem fitment was slightly loose, but once the tenon was warmed with a heat gun, it expanded back to it’s original size, for a perfect fit. I removed the oxidation with 800, 1,500 and 2,000 grade wet paper, followed by 8,000 and 12,000 grade micromesh. The stem was then buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish. The stem really gleamed and it has a very nice feel. I’m looking forward to smoking this one.
My photography skills and equipment don’t capture the depth of the grain finish on this one. Below is the finished pipe.