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Bringing an Old Pipe Back from the Dead

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by NBPipe, Jan 26, 2012.

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Which means more to you?

Poll closed Feb 2, 2012.
  1. A shiny, new pipe that is yours to enjoy first?

    30.4%
  2. An old friend to create new memories with?

    69.6%
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  1. NBPipe

    NBPipe Member

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    During the Holidays I found myself in a cigar store with a VERY neglected pipe "area" that at one time was probably pretty cool. A couple of old tins here, a basket full of pipes there, etc. Nothing to write home about.

    There, hanging on the wall was a pipe cabinet which was empty and dark with the exception of two very cobweb covered briars. Being the curious type, I opened the cabinet and looked at one pipe that didn't do much for me. Then, on the bottom row was this very charred, dull, HEAVILY oxidized and abandoned pipe.

    The shape caught my eye. I liked the square shank. Upon closer examination I noticed four light blue dots on it. Hm? I did my best to read the inscriptions but, they were what appeared to be unreadable. The only thing clear was the ooooooold price tag for $40 bucks.

    I bought it because I thought it needed a new life and if it didn't clean up well after professional restoration I would still enjoy it because it looked like a "classic" to me.

    After two weeks in the capable hands of Dave Wolff at Walker Briar Works here's how it came out:

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    He was able to remove the charring from the rim and make the inscriptions readable. It was also deodorized with some special thing called "OZONE" which sanitizes and makes the stinky pipe smell disappear. It's an interesting read (http://www.walkerbriarworks.com/html/ozone.html).

    On one side it says:

    Sasieni
    FOUR DOT NATURAL
    LONDON MADE

    The other has the town name of "Derby" and "Made in England."

    It's 6" in length and the bowl is 2" tall.

    I tried to date the pipe and know only that it is a "Family era" pipe made between 1946-1979. If anyone has any way of narrowing that down I'd sure appreciate it!

    It will now enjoy being my most honored guest in my growing 3 pipe collection :)
     
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  2. Lestrade

    Lestrade Active Member

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    Beautiful!
     
  3. gunsmoke

    gunsmoke Member

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    Dave does nice work. He has made new stems & restored a couple of my pipes. Very nice guy also. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the chicago pipe show.
     
  4. user1975

    user1975 Active Member

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    Congrats, that's a nice Sasieni!
     
  5. Dondi

    Dondi Active Member

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    Congrats! your finely honed instincts paid off!
     
  6. IrishRover

    IrishRover Active Member

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    Very nice!! Great score!
     
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  7. user2428

    user2428 Active Member

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    Very nice! Stop...that...itching...must...restore...old...pipes...

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  8. StoneGiant

    StoneGiant Member

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    Nice! No before pics?

    Did you intentionally like the grain of the shank up with the grain of the table in the third pic down, or am I imagining things? :beyes:
     
  9. furious

    furious Junque collector

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    That had to have been the original retail price for that pipe....back in the mid 60s!! Nice score.
     
  10. NBPipe

    NBPipe Member

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    No I blew it on the before pics. Dave said if he remembered he would a before and after for me but, my guess is he's super busy. You wouldn't recognize the before. It was pretty thrashed. Yes, you are imagining things :)
     
  11. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    Great Sasieni! Excellent score!
     
  12. korkman

    korkman Member

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    Well your tobacconist did a fantastic job on restoring that pipe.
     
  13. Stonewall

    Stonewall Active Member

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    Nice pipe! I truly love an estate restoration. My favorite finds.
     
  14. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    Awesome Sasieni!
     
  15. Xecutech

    Xecutech Member

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    Would have loved to see a before and after pic of it.
     
  16. Preacher1611

    Preacher1611 Active Member

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    Nice looking pipe, great score! :puffy:
     
  17. t-bear

    t-bear Well-Known Member

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    In a word....beautiful!
    Congratulations on a stunning addition to the rotation. Enjoy your new old friend.
     
  18. shadow

    shadow Active Member

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    Wow! A Sasieni!!!!!!
    Excellent score! Wish you all the smoking pleasure in the world!:bing:
    That's the nice thing with Estate pipes: You can buy at a great price, and you then have something that you simply can no longer get new!
    You're not only buying a pipe, you're buying "Pipe-History"!
     
  19. RobRiguez

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    Very nice find. I'm in the process of cleaning up an old abused Savinelli I stole off ebay. I can only hope it turns out as good as yours. I'll def check out the ozone stuff.
     
  20. prole

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    Very slick finished product, you did great here. Thanks for sharing
     
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