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    SASIENI "SPECIALLY SELECTED BY SASIENI" ONE DOT?

    I saw this today, and it caught my eye...well. because it just doesn't look right. Looking at the pipe in both profile views, it doesn't look very remarkable. The image of the markings is what makes me question what this is. First, the "football" MADE IN ENGLAND stamp would typically be on the side of the shank. Notice also how it is stamped over the SPECIALLY SELECTED mark. The SPECIALLY SELECTED mark is very clear, but where is the D? Also of note, the LONDON MADE mark overlaps the "fishtail" in Sasieni, which from just looking at all the pipephil markings, is not seen. Look also at the image of the SPECIALLY SELECTED markings at pipephil, notice the "return" at the very end of the "fishtail", again, not seen here. One Dots were made mostly with stingers, but notice the stepped tenon in the image of the stem. This would not allow for the use of a stinger. Pipe has a BIN price of $1200, if I were a collector with the funds, would I buy it? NO.

    pipephil Sasieni markings,

    http://www.pipephil.eu/logos/en/logo-sasieni.html
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    Judging by the picture, it seems that is subsequently engraved ... or not !?

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    I don't know what to think of this. I don't believe this is an over-stamp and the reason is that stain has filled all lower levels of the impressions. So the stamping was done before the staining is my best guess.

    My only other suggestion is that an apprentice hit his thumb with the hammer and you see the result.
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    Good point Bill. Of course the pipe could have been "gently" (as they say) re-finished. Could also be the stampings were botched, kind of a big mistake on a "high grade" pipe. I have a feeling it will be a tough sell.

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    I think you are right considering the price requested. It is a very sloppy job. It almost looks like the person who did it thought they could fit it right in between the three other stampings and by GUESSING. If it was done before staining and finishing it also got through quality control. After stain might have been different as well.
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    It's being sold in Italy, a lot of talented artisans in Italy, just saying...

    Another Specially Selected, the pipe Andrew found,

    http://pipesmokerunlimited.com/showt...asieni-One-Dot

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    It's a truly suspicious looking pipe. I'm not quite buying the "Apprentice had a bad day" theory. Look at the grain figure. It's not great. Nothing here to tempt me.

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    Look at the grain figure. It's not great.
    My first impression also. Hard to see why it would be "SPECIALLY SELECTED" or rather "SPECIALLY SELECTE " in this case...

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    From Pipephil

    "The stamping "Specially Selected By.." indicates that the pipe was personally selected by Joel Sasieni, specifically to have the side-dot logo."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklin Bill View Post
    From Pipephil

    "The stamping "Specially Selected By.." indicates that the pipe was personally selected by Joel Sasieni, specifically to have the side-dot logo."
    That only refers to the pipe shown, a Double Side Dot Author. These pipes are very rare, produced after the settlement of Dunhill's lawsuit in 1923 and the introduction of the Four Dot stem logo in 1924. The use of the SPECIALLY SELECTED grade began during the One Dot (top of the stem) period, 1919-23, as can be seen in images on the page I linked to in the OP.

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