Barling pipes dating
Another equally respected source says with equal certainty the name was “Joseph” Sasieni. Joel Sasieni apprenticed at Charatan, and moved on to Dunhill, where he eventually rose the position of factory manager. Sasieni was not oblivious to the success Dunhill had achieved with its famous “White Spot” logo, and while he obviously couldn’t copy the logo exactly, he apparently saw no problem with reinterpreting it a bit. This unfortunately didn’t do the trick, and only a few side dot Sasieni’s were ever made, which are now extremely rare and collectible. So, thanks in part to Dunhill’s patent attorneys, one of the most famous logos in the pipe industry was born.(A third, rather less reliable source once told me “Joel” and “Joseph” were brothers, but I think we can safely dismiss that.) An old Sasieni catalog which I came maddeningly identifies the founder as “J. Many men would have been perfectly satisfied with such a position, but not Mr. He opened up his own factory in 1919, believing he could improve on some of Dunhill’s methods. Therefore, each Sasieni pipe which came out of the factory had a single blue dot in the stem. To clearly differentiate his pipes from Dunhill’s, Sasieni put four blue dots on the stem of his pipes, arranged in the shape of an elongated diamond.It is possible to divide the Sasieni history into three eras, similar to Barling.
My personal theory is that some people were confused by the “Claret”, which was a second produced in the Sixties that did indeed have one blue dot on the stem (by this time one supposes Dunhill had simply stopped caring what Sasieni did), but these pipes were clearly seconds, and are instantly recognizable by a dark bruyere stain and a turquoise ferule.) proved a worthy successor to his fathers’ business, and the company continued to thrive under his leadership.About this time the company started stamping “Four Dot” on the shanks of the pipes, to further capitalize on the now famous trademark’s prestige.Personally, I find this highly doubtful, and many knowledgeable collectors agree with me.The reason for this is one simply never sees a One Dot with a town name on it, or any other nomenclature that one would expect to find on a post 1930 Sasieni.