Adam O’Neill, General Manager of Retail Operations for Laudisi in Ireland—aka Smokingpipes.Eu—wrote me earlier today with some exciting news for Pete Geeks, especially for those among us who adore the D20 / POY 2016 shape.
Adam: There’s a fox who lives in Trinity College, which is just across the street from our Nassau St shop. Sam is her name, given to her when she became something of a celebrity in the first lockdown, for wandering Grafton St. during the daylight hours. On occasion, perhaps when her five pups become too much to handle, Sam climbs a tree onto a low roof of the provost’s house to stretch in the sun and enjoy a moment’s peace. Though this happens to be in full view of the upper levels of our shop, and although a fox on a roof is a fairly novel concept, we generally try to give her some privacy because, well, it’s a feeling some of us know all too well.
Sam getting a little down time on a Trinity College roof top across from Peterson’s Nassau Street Shop
Combining the Chimney shape of the D20 with Peterson’s famed silverwork, the second of our exclusive Nassau line from Peterson is named in honour of Sam—the Trinity Fox. Individually numbered out of 23 pieces, it’s finished in a warm, dark red-brown sandblast paired to a gleaming silver spigot.
Sam’s a celebrity fox, an online hero
briefly promoted to the infosphere,
his bold image shared by a world of folks
anxious, like him, for sustenance. Can a fox
not do its solitary, unorthodox
research without some human interference?
— Derek Mahon,
“A Fox in Grafton St,” from Washing Up (2020)
Approximate Measurements & Other Details:
- Length: 154.68mm
- Weight: 38.80g
- Bowl Height: 57.45mm
- Chamber Depth: 48.27mm
- Chamber Diameter: 20.03mm
- Outside Diameter: 30.44mm
The D20 is one of my all-time favorite POY shapes, from 2016. Only 500 were made and I felt like the shape displayed a perfect understanding of classic Peterson design language, updated to the 21st century: a straight-sided stack, reminiscent of the 02B oom paul and 4 dutch billiard and a fat-pencil shank. Simple, elegant, striking. And in a stack!
The Trinity Fox looked at first like it had somewhat narrower chamber walls than my POY, but as the detail above shows, the pipe on the Trinity Fox is beveled just like the original, and I have never had a heat problem with the original. The two pipes, incidentally, are the same length.
DROP TIME: In the comments below–in case you don’t read those–Adam says the pipes will be available at the SPEu site and the Nassau Street shop at 10am GMT. I
(This is, incidentally, Adam O’Neill’s second Nassau Street special edition. The first was the 16-pipe release of a cumberland unfinished sandblast, back in 2020.)
MANY THANKS to Adam O’Neill:
Photography, pipe description and Sam notes
by Adam, courtesy Smokingpipes.eu
I have three Petes in need of good homes on eBay this week, all with Global Shipping available:
* a Patent Clay System (1891-1912), shape 8
* a DeLuxe 11A, late Éire
* a Dublin 120F (Flat), the shape Nigel Bruce smokes in some of the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films.
Thank you for the notice!
I was one of the fortunate few to obtain a 221 from the last batch of Nassau St special edition pipes. Very excited about the opportunity to grab one of these as well.
Do you know if they will drop on Peterson’s main site or the Smoking Pipes EU site? Also, any better idea about exactly when they will hit the sites?
Hi Chris, Only on the SPEu site. No idea when the time will be. I confess sometimes I “push” my emails on my phone the night before something like this so I’ll hear it come through. It’s crazy, but what’s a Pete Geek gonna do?
haha. Many times I have waited patiently for days, for drops or auctions to end. Funny – then I either ‘win’ or ‘lose’ and move on without thinking much about it.
It’ll also be available at the Peterson of Dublin store, but not peterson.ie this time, no. It should be around 10:00 GMT.
Thank you so much Adam… that is exactly what I wanted to know. I’m going to set my alarm!
Thanks! The wall thickness is interesting – many of my well-used very old pipes have even thinner walls than this one, and I’ve never had an issue with any of them;in fact, some of my thicker-walled pipes smoke hot. I won’t hesitate to check this one out tomorrow.
Lovely looking pipes with some great surface texture. The chimney is elegant and sophisticated. Pleased that Sam the fox has been honoured like this.
What a great story. From the look of those feisty pups she deserves a break. Gotta have that English made Deluxe system. You have once again destroyed my pipe budget
I just love this blog. Big Peterson fan. Some of me best smokers. Feel like I belong somewhere.
Thanks, Gary! Truly. Me, too.
Re: Gary P.’s comment below – I think we ALL share your feeling! What a joy Mark’s work is in this world!
Just A few words , I LOVE Peterson Pipes, they give us an outlet, something to look forward to, in these trying times, and above all a darn good smoke, and have enough funds left over for some good tobacco. And this site and other Pete geeks have made it so much better, Thanks to all!
Thank you mark for posting this! This is another stunning Pete. And the story behind it is just beautiful. As a lover of spigot and large bowls, I simply could not resists. Nr 4 is mine! it has a similar radial blast than than the one pictured here. I think was again the second to order (only #1 was gone). Now waiting ca 2 weeks (what it normally takes for packages to arrive from Ireland to Finland…) until getting this beauty into my hands.
Well number 7, need some luck after the week I have had! Can’t wait to fire it up! Great post Mark 🙂
I’m curious: what was the price on this pipe? Whether you bought one or not, what was the original price on SPeu? By the time I saw this post (about 1 PM Eastern US), they were long gone.
176 euro I believe.
Dang… I missed it.
I’m with you Mark, I love this Pete shape👍🏻.
As a side note/observation…Sam looks like a pretty gnarly fox, she almost has a werewolf persona in that picture. Her kits are burly looking too. It’d hate to meet that fox on a dark rooftop. The red foxes I see here in Montana have more of a “cuteness” to them🦊
Wanted to let you know that because of this post I was lucky to get one of these pipes. What makes it particularly special is that it was 5/23–my birthday! The pipe arrived with a photo of Sam too! Grateful to have been able to purchase what will become a sentimental pipe.
Fab, this is great! So they included a photo of Sam?! That’s really fun. Enjoy, enjoy & Happy Smokes of the Season!
If anyone wants to part with their’s….. I’m still looking for one!