The Peterson Pipe: The Story of Kapp & Peterson from Briar Books Press is now available from,, and  C. S. Lewis once said that we write the books we want to read, and I’ve wanted a Peterson book for a long time now. When I noticed a few of the Peterson authorities I admired had passed away, I began to wonder who was going to get this book written. As it turned out, I was. But not without a lot of help from my friends. Here’s a video preview of the work-in-progress text our designer made:

And here’s the Table of Contents:

Peterson Pipe Notes sprang up in late May of 2014 as a kind of pressure-valve to allow me to share the wealth of information about Peterson that I knew even then wasn’t going to make it into the book. The blog has allowed me to look at specific pipes, shapes and lines and go into Peterson history, as well as keep up with Peterson’s current releases.

You’ll find a number of shape groups already documented visually here—the legendary B shapes, the A shapes, the D shape group, the POY Pipe of the Year releases and loads of vintage restorations. There’s also a handful of Peterson-made videos, visual histories of Peterson’s Italian-line collaboration with and just about everything else. The search engine is fairly decent, but if you don’t find what you’re looking for, just make a comment and I’ll get back to you.

You can subscribe to the blog via email at the lower right of the screen, or just check back when you’re ready to fire up your favorite Pete. High-brow blog subscribers may then (and only then) call themselves Kappnismologists (a neologism for “one who studies the pipes of Kapp & Peterson, with an obvious allusion to kapnismology or the study of smoking). Head-bangers are entitled to style themselves Pete Freeks. Old codgers, you can cackle and tell your great grands you’re a Pete Nut.

 A Short History of the Making of the Peterson Pipe Book

After a pilgrimage to Peterson in Sallynoggin in the summer of 2009, I began to think more seriously about the possibility of such a venture and in 2011 contacted the late Jim Lilley, who was blogging about the marque at the time. I convinced him that’d I “gopher” (liaise) the book if he and a few others would do the heavy lifting. His declining health forced him to withdraw from the project not longer afterwards, but not before connecting me with the late Chuck Wright, who was very active on the Peterson boards and with then-Sacramento Pipe Club president Gary Malmberg.

Several months later, with an outline, reams of research and a dash of courage, Gary and I met with Gary B. Schrier of Briar Books Press at the Chicagoland Pipe Show in 2012 and came away not long after with a contract.

As you might imagine, I wanted all the help I could get, and while there were a few who thumbed their noses at us, we eventually coerced some of the hobby’s brightest talents into participating in various ways. First and foremost, of course, was the real hospitality and every-point-of-the-way help of Peterson’s CEO and owner (until 2010), Tom Palmer. But then there was help from Sykes Wilford at Laudisi, the enthusiasm and writing of Rick Newcombe, the encouragement of Steve Laug, the daily correspondence with Conor Palmer and Tony Whelan Jr. at the factory and pieces authored by Steve Laug, Neill Archer Roan, Marc Munroe Dion, Regis McCafferty, Anthony Macaluso, Dave Whitney and many others.

By nature I’m given to wanting to know everything about a few things. This means I usually have all the novels of an author I like, all the albums of my favorite prog metal band, multiple recordings of Bach’s cantatas and every recorded note Beethoven or DSCH wrote, all the movies of Laurel & Hardy or Buster Keaton and so on. I’m not sure this is obsessive, exactly, but perhaps a bit detail-oriented. Maybe peculiar. But as far as I’m concerned, it paid off in the exhaustive nature of the book’s architecture, which can be seen as a kind of Celtic trinity knot or triquetra of braiding Peterson’s history, pipes and craftsmanship:

We knew we wanted, and could write, a fairly detailed history of Kapp & Peterson. That for me was the scary part and that was Gary’s genius and gift to the book. We also knew we wanted to establish a reliable dating guide that goes beyond the puerile and meaningless “Pre-Republic” you hear everyone talk about, illustrating Peterson pipes by their stamping eras from Pre-Patent (1865-1890) to the most recent, now concluded Dublin era (1991-2018). And I wanted a full section for Peterson users encompassing various aspects of craftsmanship: steps of production, smoking the System pipe, how to buy and restore estate pipes, and of course our Identification Guide on how to date a pipe you own or are thinking of acquiring.

To the three-fold design we added bookends. First, an extra layer of oral histories by Peterson staff, current and retired, running through the entire book and giving human shape, personality and depth to all those who have said “We work for Kapps” (which is how the company is still named by those who work there today) since that first group of 20 hires in 1891 down through the years. What emerges from them is a fascinating culture of inclusiveness, of women accounting for slightly more than 50% of Peterson staff, of a family business which maintained a familial sense of responsibility for a century. The second bookend is the Collector’s Reference section at the end of the book, containing an Irish hallmarks chart, pipe identification guide, annotated bibliography and deep index.

In the summer of 2013, Gary and I and our third co-author, Marie Irwin, a data miner and book designer whose day job is academic librarianship, went to the Peterson factory in Sallynoggin for a week. We photographed and scanned everything we could find, digging through draws, cabinets and press books. I did oral interviews with over a dozen current and retired staffers. And we had a blast. I spent the rest of 2013 and most of 2014 unpacking everything we’d brought back, transcribing and editing recordings, filing and doing initial digital darkroom work on the photos we took. That was also the year the blog launched, it being in my mind that since the book would be out in the next year or two, it wouldn’t hurt to do a little promotion. Oops. A little optimistic, there.

The next two years (2015–16) were given to the digital darkroom on the one hand and getting a manuscript presentable on the other. The last time I took a word count was in December of 2017, when the manuscript stood at 123,750 words. That could be a good thing or a bad thing, I suppose. An average novel, just for comparison’s sake, runs about 90,000 words. I’ve already heard some pipemen call the book “the Peterson bible,” and I’m hoping they mean that as a compliment. Not that it matters—I’m just grateful that everything I thought should be in the book (well alright, almost everything) is there.

Gary Malmberg was responsible for the bulk of the first five historical chapters of the book as well as the pipe chapters from the Pre-Patent (1865–91) through the Éire (1938–48) eras, and his documentation of hundreds and hundreds of antique Peterson pipes was indispensable to our understanding of the company. I took over beginning with the pipes of the Early Republic era chapter (1948–69) and continuing on through to the end of the craftsmanship chapters. We collaborated on the Identification Guide, which should be seen as one of the foundations of the book, the other being my annotated bibliography of Peterson catalogs and brochures, which is the documentary grounding of Peterson’s pipe history.

In the summer of 2017, after re-immersing herself all spring in the world of desktop publishing, our designer Marie Irwin stepped on board for the first time since the research trip to Sallynoggin. If you think Gary and I are geeky, you should meet this lady. She looks at learning curves like Kami Rita Sherpa looks at Mt. Everest (and Sherpa has reached the summit 23 times so far). While this part of the book took us another 18 months, it was a blast working with her, because I could do a lot of back-seat driving—“Say, could we make the text swirl around the pipes here?” or “I wish we had a photo of the Cuffe Lane factory entrance” [where the staff entered the old factory down on St. Stephens Green]. Of course, she threw a lot of stuff back my way, allowing me to come up with some of my own layouts (I’m proud of the hallmark chart and the Rogers Imports 2-page spread), and we had a lot of fun collaborating on double-page spreads like “The Thinking Man” or putting together the funny story from the Irish Times about a drunken medical student who stole billiard balls from Kapp & Peterson’s shop billiard room.

All along the way we had the world’s best editor. If you’ve ever worked with one, you know that means nasty, brutish, eats broken glass for breakfast and other epithets I won’t go into. He made us justify everything, explain everything, spell-check everything (!), rewrite it all and then absent-mindedly say he didn’t remember the last draft (but it stunk) and we needed to give it another go. If I ever write another book, I want this guy. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did writing it.

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  1. Enjoying your site Mark. Thanks for doing this. Question for you. I just picked up a Peterson Kapmeer bowl on ebay and it needs a stem. What kind of stem did it have? I know that they did not have always have p-lip stems but I am wondering about the stem shank junction. from the photos this one appears to have been a flush stem. Nice thick shank.

    1. Hi Steve. Kapmeer wasn’t the first meerschaum-lined briar Peterson made, but it was one of the most popular, appearing in 1968 and running until 1981, when it was discontinued. From 1968-1971 it used a standard tenon/mortise mouthpiece, in either F/T or P-Lip. But in 1972 Peterson began using an unusual “unifit” three-part mouthpiece. A “sleeve” was fitted into the mortise, then a “connector” onto the mouthpiece. Iwan Reis catalogs of the era used these on many of their Peterson lines. The Unifit was listed as late the Peterson-Glass 1980 pricelist, so odds are that’s the kind of pipe you’ve got. The illustrations don’t help much in the 1972 brochure, but I’d be glad to forward them to you if you think they’d help.

      1. Thanks Mark. From the looks of mortise on this one it seems to fit the 68-71 time period with a standard mouthpiece rather than the unfit

      2. I would also like to see the illustrations. thanks

  2. Mark, can you contact me? I have a couple of questions about Peterson’s pipes. Thanks

  3. Mr. Irwin, Ben Rapaport suggested I contact you with a question regarding bits. I tried the email address he provided, but it bounced back. Would you please, at your convenience, contact me at the address below.
    Thank you and
    Randolph Ubben

  4. I recently bought a new 2013 Antique Set from and both of my pipes have the (C in a chamfered square) for the silver date hallmark.

  5. Hi Mark,

    Patrick Larrigan here. The design of the pipe was called Peterson space fitting and that was to allow for wear. If those two faces met you lost the grip. So it seldom did happened. Earlier generations probably did treat their pipes more fiercely but we didn’t have many complaints.

    Hope this helps
    Paddy Larrigan

    1. Hi Mark,

      If you have any other questions you can email my granddaughter Orla. She is doing the communications for me as I’m now 91 and the hands don’t work as they used to.

      Paddy larrigan

      1. This Wulf from Hamburg in Germany.
        As a big enthusiast and user of older and newr pipes from Peterson in Ireland
        I want to visit the Pipemaster grave here in my town somewhere.
        Can you or Grandaughter Orla help me with more information,please.
        best wishes for a productive day
        and kind regards
        Wulf-Hinrich Arp
        Tel +49 1728935341

        Thanks for cooperation

      2. Hi Wulf! I am forwarding your email to Sandra Bondarevska, Charles Peterson’s Latvian biographer. She has the street address and can give you directions. When you go, would you be so kind as to take a few photos & send them to me? I’d like to post them here on the blog at some point.

  6. I am trying to find a source for P-lip bits for Peterson Standard 306 pipes. Everyone seems to be out of stock.

    1. Pipe Makers Emporium is showing them in stock, but unbent–you’d have to bend them yourself. Did you try calling Smokingpipes or Cupojoes? Peterson will get one to you, but they usually like you to send the pipe so they can make sure it’s a good fit. Email them–they may be willing just to mail the right size to you.

  7. Sorry, Peterson’s will direct you to send the bowl to Howard Schulte, he is the U.S. authorized repair shop and he will not send out stems.
    PME and Tim West at JHLowe have various sizes of P-lip stems but they are rough and need to be sanded, bent and polished. I think they are like $8 each.

  8. Hi! new to your site, not to pipe’s! I’m an Antique shopper and found a Peterson’s Pipe in one shop I go to. in the box, never smoked, my best guess from the stamping on the pipe it around 1945 to 1949, it has all the paper work in the box. I would like to send you Photos of it . any help on dating it would be cool. and if you want any copy’s of the ads paper that was in the box and the box cover to use I’ll try to send them to you also. thanks Joe

  9. Hi Mark,

    I’m a bit slow with the uptake and only found this site today.

    I’m replying to this post as it relates to your book.

    I don’t know where to start reading but I’m certainly interested in the book. Is it available yet and if so, where can I find/order one?

    1. Hi Wikus! The book’s the slow thing, not you! We had no idea it would take so long. I’m working on layout & design just now, assigning illustrations to the text. At this point, I’ll be happy to see it out sometime in 2017. If you’ve subscribed to the RSS Feed, you’ll be in the loop concerning the publication schedule.

  10. Hi Mark,
    one month ago i bought a wonderful peterson meerschaum patent from 1896 in perfect condition with the head of queen Viktoria . Since then i was searching the internet about more informations.
    perhaps if you like i can send you some pictures for your book? Or you have more informations about that pipe?
    Best regards

    1. Congratulations! I think Gary has already written you about this pipe; and yes, we’d love to use it in the book.

  11. I finished finished writing a whole new piece for the PETERSON BOOK tab that should give you an idea.

  12. … I’ll put it on the page as soon as I get home. I’ve got some illustrations to add this time.

  13. Hey Mark, just purchased an estate Kenmare 150 Bulldog from year 2000. It has the Aluminum premium P on the stem not hot foil was this common for the time period? Sorry couldn’t find email. On my smart phone.

  14. A gold-colored stamp was illustrated in the 2005 catalog. There has always been some variance in the mid to upper range in this regard. The Irish Whiskey rustics, for example, sometimes have a stamped gold logo, sometimes an embedded brass P.

  15. Mr Irwing, I am interesting in the Kapruf 69 that is for sale. I still have a X69 London Dublin and I think the two would be happy to stay together.
    Please contact me. I live in Switzerland.
    Best regards
    Stefano Zerbi

  16. Hello Mark,

    A couple of months ago I purchased a Peterson pipe that had seen better days, but I couldn’t resist the look of it. It’s inscribed Peterson Aran 50S Made in the Republic of Ireland. It’s a rusticated sitter (I can send you a picture if you like). I tried finding information on the 50S but no such luck. I’m hoping you might know something. Any information would be appreciated!

    Best regards,


    1. Hi Maurice, Your pipe is probably an 80s Aran. Try searching “Peterson 80s Aran” and see if you get an image that matches your pipe.

  17. Mark, I hope you know the answer to this question, otherwise it may be an inscrutable mystery !
    I bought a Prince shaped Pre-Republic, a Kapet smooth 690. It is marked “Orawood” on the shank… ?!
    Do you have any idea what that means ? The folks at hadn’t a clue. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi James! I can give you some information. Your pipe was made between about 1922 and 1945 or so. I can’t see whether the nickel band has a shamrock on it or not. If so, it was made for sale in the US by Rogers Imports, which dates it to 1938-1945 or so. The mouthpiece is a replacement. The original had an aluminum inner tube, and was probably a P-Lip. If the stamp reads ORAWOOD and not ORA [space] WOOD, then it was sold by a tobacconist of that name, as this practice was not widespread but common enough in all parts of the globe. There is no K&P line of that name that we know of, and as there is no Irish place named Orawood, this is further confirmation that the stamp was not made in the factory. The 600 shapes are represented in the 1937 catalog, but had disappeared by the 1945 catalog.

  18. Hi Mark,

    I have a question regarding the Irish Made Army Mount pipes. The full ‘story’ and images are on the Pipes Mag forum at, but to summarise, I am interested in the stamping conventions of these pipes with a view of dating one I have in my possession. It has only the ‘Irish Made’ shank stamp and the K&P faux marks on the ferrule which, to my eyes, is an older-type ferrule. But I have no idea how to date this since the normal Peterson dating conventions seem not to apply (COM etc.). If you get a moment I would be eternally grateful to you if you would pop into the topic and jot down a few notes for me. Many thanks. Geoff

  19. Thanks, Mark, for the response ! That helps. Some clarification :
    The band is silver, reading “K& P” in 3 individual shields, over “Sterling Silver”, over “Peterson
    Since there are no actual hallmarks, that fits with the American import.
    The “Orawood” stamp is larger and in a different font than the “Peterson’s Kapet” immediately above it. I just noticed it also has “orawood” stamped on the flat bottom of the bowl, again different from the “MADE IN
    IRELAND” on the flat bottom of the shank. Given that, I’d guess it perhaps might be a hold-over bowl from your time period of ’37-’45 but not stamped and sold until ’48 or ’49 ??
    Hmmm, dating these beauties is not an exact science, is it ? But many thanks for the suggestion about the tobacconist, that must be the answer !

    1. And, to muddy the waters even more…that shape number looks more like “890” every time I look at it !? If any of this helps to refine your answer, many more thanks !

    2. Hi James,
      Actually what you said helps. Peterson did no hallmarking from 1938 -1968, so your pipe was made after 1938. Peterson used the MADE IN IRELAND in nearly every decade, so it is not a reliable dating guide. The 690 number had been discard by 1945 or so, so you’ve got an EIRE-era pipe, EIRE being 1938-1948, the shortest of all Peterson stamping eras.

  20. James, 900, 1000, 2000 shape groups from this era, but no 800 group that has been documented (yet).

  21. ..and of course, the 600 shape group. Remember the fella stamping this had the stamp on a vise, and sometimes the stamp or the stamper slip a bit, or don’t contact the surface fully.

  22. Thanks for sharing your expertise, Mark ! I know I’ll have more mysteries to solve in the future !

  23. Good morning mr mark.
    our name is Sansone Smoking store; and with the help of Mario Lubinski we are going on the market with the tirth edition of Peterson rogha!

    What im tolking about?

    this is the one of last years; this eastern we have only 12 avaible; i would like to ask you if you are interessated to make a talk with us about this unseen peterson finish!

    best regard!

  24. Could I re-publish your blog the the Greater Kansas City Pipe Club newsletter. I would give you complete credit for the entry.

    Dan Coomer

    1. Hi Dan! I would be honored. Send me the link (if it’s electronic) when you do. I’d love to see it.

  25. Hello Mark !
    I just got a nice old System on eBay, and when it comes I will send a few pictures to pick your brain. In the meantime, can you give me an idea of when K & P ceased using their number-in-a-circle grading ?
    Thanks very much for sharing your knowledge with your fellow Kappnismologists !

    1. Hi Mark, I have the pipe and pictures. As I suspected, no country of origin, and it also has a VERY large bowl. But I don’t know how to send the pics ! If I had an email, I’ve deleted it. Please advise.

  26. Hi Mark,
    Steve Laug has sent me your direction. I recently found a Peterson Kapp-Royal Made in the Republic of Ireland with 79 stamped on it. The stem, instead of the Peterson “P” is stamped IRC. My assumption is that this is a Peterson Pipe made for and sold by Iwan Ries. This pipe has beads carved around the ferrule similar to the Dunmore series.

    What would your guess be on what I have?

    1. Hi Joe, I’m sending you a catalog illustration of the IRC line, but in the meantime, let me say “Congrats!” You’ve got the very earliest version of this very cool Premier-quality unmounted System line (as well as the 79 / 309 being my all-time favorite shape). It appeared in IRC catalogs from 1969 – 1979 as the “Dunmoor.” Send me a photo if you can. More in my email to you!

    2. Hi Joe,
      Let me try again. I missed it by 2 years. Actually the first appearance of the “Dunmoor” as IRC always called the line, was in 1971. If you’ve got an email address, I can send you the relevant pages. The line was so successful for them that Peterson eventually issued it worldwide in 1978. It ran as a line until about 1984. It was a special unmounted System line of Premier-quality briar catering to all who thought the nickel and sterling mounts old-fashioned. If you’re into old Petes, subscribe to PetersonPipeNotes.Com—I’ll be doing a series on the IRC-Peterson collaboration from 1969-1979 later this year.

      Best regards,

      P.S. If you have photos, love to see your pipe—esp. with the IRC stamps!

  27. Mark, I have another question if you can answer it…
    About what year did Peterson stop using the faux hallmarks on their nickel bands ? I think that’s a good, general handy dating tool to know.
    Forgive me if you’ve covered it elsewhere, I searched but didn’t see it.
    Thanks !

    1. It’s in the book! LOL. The date the old factory hands gave us is c. 1963, when the silver-soldered, hand-made nickel ferrules were replaced with pressed-cap ones. More info (and pix) in the book!

      1. Thank you, sir ! The question came to my mind via a Facebook post. That is indeed a useful dating clue.
        Looking forward to buying that book ! ?

  28. Glad to help. More info on dating–loads and loads–in the book.

  29. Hello Mark,
    Is there any way to get in touch with you other than commenting here?
    We’d like to talk to you about your book.
    Janez Valada Team

  30. Mark are Mark twain’s Personal Peterson pipes covered in the book?Is there still any Peterson straight billiard pipes with heel bowls in existence?I think Mark Twain owned one.

    1. Hi Paul, First question: yes, but only insofar as the Mark Twain commemorative is concerned, which has extensive coverage of every issue, as it is Peterson’s most important commemorative. We had MT collector Anthony Macaluso work up a great side bar, which I then supplemented and expanded. But aside from several photos of Clemens smoking the Peterson 14B (which was used as the inspiration for the homage pipe), no. If you have any documentary information concerning his personal Petes, I would love to hear it and see it and post it here on the blog. Second question: I’m sure there are, somewhere, but neither my co-author Gary Malmberg nor myself has ever documented one.

  31. Hi Mark, is there a way to differentiate the “Made in Ireland” block letters stamp from the end of the patent era (1916) vs those made just before the republic era (1947)? Trying to determine the age of a nickle band 338 I have. It has the fork tailed P.

    1. Hi Mike! Sounds like you’ve done your homework already, since you know the MADE IN IRELAND did not appear until the end of the Patenta era in 1916 or so. We looked at all 3 of the MADE IN IRELAND stamps in Sallynoggin in 2013, and you’ll see photos of them in the book. I am away from at a funeral & can’t look to see when the 338 first appeared. I know it’s in the 1947 shape chart, and maybe, maybe the 1937 catalog. You’ve probably read about it in the blog post on the “Dutch Bent” shape–if not, take a look. I will add that the MADE IN IRELAND in a cirlce seems more characteristic of US-only Rogers-Imports era pipes from the very late 1940s and 1950s, while the block lined stamps seem more typical of IFS and Eire eras. If it doesn’t have an IFS or EIRE stamp, I think it is more probable that it was made in the Early Republic era. Send me a photo: Sometimes the nickel marks and other characteristics can help with dating.

  32. Good Day Mark , Can you tell me anything about those bog-oak pipes made during the ’emergency’, as it was referred to in Ireland or WW2 1939-45 (to the rest of us)? I have been unable to buy a copy of ‘the book’ yet, or I would look for myself.
    I have purchased a pipe of bog oak, decorated with shamrock leaves. It comes in one single piece, not a separate bowl and mouthpiece, and is a ‘cutty’, but carries no identifying markings. Since pipes from Eire/Ireland are almost exclusively from K&P I am hoping it is a ‘Pete’ but also hoped that either you or your fellow enthusiasts would be able to give me a clue. Thank you for your time, Richard

  33. Hi Richard, yes I can. The book won’t be out for a month or two, but until then, what you’ve got is a very, very rare Pete documented only in the 1906 catalog, described exactly as you say. There’s no indication that these were made beyond the 1910s in any of the documented pipes we’ve examined or Peterson catalogs. We’d all love to see photographs of your pipe!

  34. Hi Mark. Didn’t know of another way to contact you with my question. Hope this is OK. Have a great little straight bulldog gifted to me which I was told was pre-republic. Was wondering about possible date range for manufacture. It has a broad silver band stamped K&P with the shank stamp Peterson’s over Dublin 3. No COM. Thanks, Earl

    1. Hi Earl–this is the way to get in touch, indeed. I’ve sent you an email to help date your pipe.

  35. Hi Mark,

    Just a note of congrats to you, your co-authors, and all those who contributed – I have been charting the progress of the book for a number of years now, and disappoint, it does not. I really couldn’t be happier with my purchase. I have finished re-dating my Petes and my cheeks burn at just how far off the mark I have been for so long.

    However, I do have a pipe that still remains a mystery to me. (My apologies if this is the wrong forum for direct questions, but it’s starting to eat into my soul.) It is an English-made (post ’49) De Luxe. No shape number but it looks like an 11. However, it has a sterling beveled mount and an A stem with the tapered vulcanite extension rather than a chimney (so it actually looks like a 312 Premier). Try as I might, I can find no other examples or info on why this does not have the standard De Luxe mount/stem. My first thought was a small house pipe, but it is the size of an 11. If you get a moment (and I quite understand if you don’t), would you mind pointing me in the right direction for information? Many thanks Mark. Geoff

    1. Hey Geoff, I’m really glad you’re enjoying the book. And no shame in the dating game–it took us a few years to get everything worked out. I’m just glad you can use the book as a resource. I’ve emailed you directly about your pipe–sounds like a fascinating piece.

  36. Hi Mark
    First of all I would like to thank you and all the people behind the effort of put all the information together in one book so the collectors or just fans like me can find a reliable source to identify and date Peterson’s, sadly I am not able to get the book in my country so I can not use it and care it
    I find this site trying to identify a Peterson’s I recently got but seems at least to me very difficult do, you can read in the stamp “Peterson’s Meerschaum Lined” three lines format in the other side of the shank “MADE IN IRELAND” block lettering two lines format then 53, it hat a plain Plip stem with out any metal collar.
    I found a picture of a Wicklow line pipe like looks very similar but the COM format confuse me.
    There is a certain way to idenify/date this pipe of mine?
    Thanks in advance for any help you can give me and one more time congratulations for the book

    1. Hi Roberto! The meer-lined Petes have not been made since Paddy Larrigan, who was the artisan who made most of them from the 1950s onward, retired in the early 1990s. So you have a shape 53 Lovat, is that correct? The stamp does not help us, as it was used in most decades. What will help is if you can tell whether the meerschaum lining is a cup (it has a meerschaum bottom) or just a sleeve (going around the sides of the chamber, but not in the bottom). Let me know. If you have a smartphone or way to photograph the pipe, let me know, as that would be helpful as well.

  37. Hello Mark,

    I look forward to getting a copy of your book. I’ve received subtle hints that a copy is on it’s way for my birthday!

    In the meantime I can’t help but pose a dating question on an unusual Peterson I have. The pipe is a beauty and in the Bullcap style. It is marked “K & P” Dublin on one side. The sterling band is marked “K & P Sterling Silver”, and the pipe is marked “Made in Ireland” in a circle stamp, shape number “222”

    What is this old-timer I’m dealing with? I can find little information that fits with what’s there. Thanks!

    1. Greeting, Parker. I do hope you get the book for the BD–I think you’ll find it everything you’re looking for by way of Peterson information (along with the blog, natch). I sent you an email in hopes of pix of that 222. In the meantime, I can only speculate. Love to see it!

  38. This book is on the way, can’t wait to read all your hard work and research and learn more about the Peterson’s I own

  39. Michael Bruder
    19:54 (1 hour ago)

    to author

    Dear Sir,

    Mr Irwin,
    I’m eye ballin’ a NOS Pete meerschaum pipe on eBay in which claims to have original box and papers. All Petes Ive purchased (estate and otherwise) have come with the box with the nomenclature on the side (e.g. 999 Rhodesian, meerschaum block, etc). This seller has papers, sleeve and box. I asked if he could send pics of the sides of the box and chamber..we’ll see. Oh, no P on the stem, visible markings on the bowl, chamber pics or silver/metal anywhere. Below id the title and web address-

    Antique NOS Peterson’s Special Meerschaum Carved Arabic Man Head Pipe w/ Box

    Any assistance or consideration is greatly appreciated.


    1. Hi Michael, Nice old box and really vintage brochure. But it’s not a Pete. This happens all the time & sometimes sellers really don’t know. Our Pete book has loads of Pete meer examples, but this is assuredly not one.

  40. Ok,I’m not a serious Peterson collector, but I like the look so that may change. Bought my first Peterson on ebay recently and am having trouble finding much info on it. It was a right price, right shape, right look type of thing for me. One side of the shank is stamped “K&P Irish Made”, the other is “Made in the Republic of Ireland (three lines)” with the number 381. The ferrule has the three marks (the shamrock, fox and tower) and nothing else. And another mystery to me is that I bought it with a military mount clear acrylic stem (almost 100% sure it’s not original of course). Paid $42 including shipping- any idea if I got a good deal? Still like the pipe regardless I guess, but just curious. Thanks!

    1. Hey Dustin, is your 381 a straight billiard? If so, it first entered the K&P catalog around 1937 in the Kapet & Deluxe lines. That number left the catalog about 1945. But you say it has a ferrule (domed mount) with the push army stem? That and the K&P Irish Made are simply indicators of Peterson’s earliest non-System military mount line. The nickel-mount marks were always on Peterson nickel bands and ferrules, 1891-c. 1963. Have to see a picture to know about the replacement stem, but if it’s clear, then of course it is a replacement, as Peterson has never made a clear mouthpiece. $42 is a fantastic price, BTW. Hope you enjoy it.

  41. Thank you! And yes it is a straight billiard, at least I think it is. I’ve smoked a pipe and over 17 years, but I just got into collecting (when I can afford it) and restoring a couple months ago so I’m still learning the fine details of shapes. I will send you pictures at the email address you have posted above if you’d like to take a look at it. It is in overall great condition and only needed some minor work cleaning, and a few surface dents/dings I will try to steam out. Literally just got it in the mail yesterday. Email will be coming from

    1. Very cool, Dustin. And enjoyed the 381 photos!

    1. Hey Robert! Actually, I brought a few home from the West Coast Pipe Show and was putting them up on eBay with the publisher’s permission. I think I have 2 left, so SHOP EARLY!! LOL.

  42. Hi Mark,
    My wife gave me signed copy for Christmas that was bought from an eBay seller. Based on your comment above, I’m hoping it was you but can you confirm?

    Thanks, Roger

    1. Hi Roger, yes, that is my signature. We brought back a few of the Peterson book from the West Coast Pipe Show, and I was hoping overseas pipe smokers who didn’t know where to get a copy might find one on eBay. May I ask in what what country you and your obviously wonderful wife reside?

  43. That’s awesome Mark!! We are from Nova Scotia, Canada. I had given her the link to the book on SmokingPipes but I’m so glad she ended up finding you on eBay…the added personal touch is so wonderful and greatly appreciated.

    1. How lovely! Glad it worked out this way, and hope you enjoy the book.

  44. Hi Mark,
    I will be thankful if you can shed any information on a Peterson Petent #4 with a unique hallmark: [K] [IV] [ P], (not [K][&][P]) that is marked on the nickel metal band of a the pipe. I can only guess that it can be one of the three:
    A secondary & experimental way used by Peterson to mark the 4th grade of the pipe: one mark with the number “4” on the shank and one with Roman numerals IV on the metal band.
    It may be that the ‘IV’ mark stands for ‘Irish Volunteers’ that was a military organisation established in 1913 by Irish nationalists in Dublin. Pipes were often used to express political or social allegiance, being decorated with a word or symbol. This pipe could have been specially commissioned by members of the ‘Irish Volunteers’ asking that instead of the common K&P hallmark, the K-IV-P will be marked. This option is accurate chronological to the Patent Period. ​
    Or it may also be that the IV mark represents an old an obsolete legal abbreviation symbol for a partnership or cooperation between Kapp and Peterson.
    Again, I do not know the answer so any ideas will help.
    Thank you,

    1. Woodman, I’m contacting you directly to ask for photos. Sounds like a wonderful puzzle!

      1. Thank you Mark, I will be happy to send you photos. Waiting to see your message on my email.

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