An Italian “electrical pipe” inspired by St Claude!
Gerolamo Ceresa began at the end of the XIX century as a subcontractor for Rossi Factory (Barasso), but soon (1919) he founded new own very modern operated electrically (!) factory under the name “Gerolamo Ceresa – Fabbrica elettrica pipe”. That was a real break through at that time! Enrico Ceresa, son of Gerolamo went for a few years to St Claude to learn procedures and secrets of French manufacturers and after hes return the company started with own brand and the new name “Fabbrica Pipe Cassano”.
The key factors of success were modern production, a really good quality for reasonable prices, imported Brazilian horn (one of the best!) for mouthpieces and a number of successful export contracts, where the most important countries were USA, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Hungary and even England.
Currently “Fabbrica Pipe di Carlo Ceresa & C.” is managed by Carlo Ceresa, son of Enrico.
The pipe marking is “CASSANO”, “957 \ MADE IN ITALY”. The length is 16.5 cm (6.5″), bowl’s height is 5.2 cm (2.05″). External diameter of the bowl is 3.9 cm (1.54″), internal diameter is 2.1 cm (0.83″). The depth is 4.6 cm (1.81″) and this pipe weights 42 gr. Briar, acrylic stem, no filter. The stem has already some noticeable age related webbing.