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267. Peterson Rustication, Part 1: the Éire through Dublin Eras

When I went through my rotation not long ago, I was struck by how many rusticated Petes I companion. I hadn’t realized the extent of my fascination and love for these pipes, so often ignored or underrated by the Cognoscenti of Pipe Fashion.

In the past, Peterson Pipe Notes has looked at the rustication history of the Donegal Rocky and the Laudisi-era launch of the rustic Arans and Rosslares, but this morning I want to contextualize an upcoming interview with current K&P rustication craftsmen (and brothers) Wojciech & Jaroslaw Blaszczak. I thought it might be time to gather together what I know about the company’s long history of rustication, at least in a tentative way. As you read through, take thought of your own rusticated Petes and let me know if you information, facts, opinions and pipes that can further our understanding.  But first, a PSA (Peterson Service Announcement):

The 1896 Peterson’s Patent Pipes Catalog AND the new paperback of Peterson Pipes: The Story of Kapp & Peterson are now available at SPC. “Get yours while supplies last!”

The rusticated pipe is often treated like an ash-heap Cinderella, the sister who hides when the beautiful natural smooth or ring-grain blasts come out. It’s impossible to disparage these girls, who were after all elegant, high-class beauties in the  original Perrault and Grimm tellings of the story. But I want to advocate a bit for the gnarly beauty, punk tactility and sheer surly invention possible in a well-rusticated pipe, not least because I call a number of them friends.

I’m not alone in my love of the rough pipes, I’m glad to say, as elder statesmen in the hobby like John P. Seiler and William D. Kotyk in their classic NASPC article “We Like Them Rough” championed not only rusticated pipes but the deep sandblasts that were then fairly new to the scene [PDF: Seiler_rough ].  Another guru worth mentioning in this regard is Doctor of Pipes Linwood Hines (founder of CORPS, the Conclave of Richmond Pipe Smokers and Richmond Pipe Show), who once in a while inducts members into “The Fellowship of Gnarly Briars,” a kind of Southern Comfort-Style secret society of aficianados of all pipes gnarly.

If the history of rustication at K&P is sketchy, it’s because these pipes were not seen as important in the scheme of things: they occupied the lower tiers and existed primarily to avoid taking a loss on the briar. So there is very little known about the process in the factory—who did it, when they did it, when it began. Like sandblasting, we do know why it began, as I just implied: to rescue bowls from discard and the company from a financial loss.

When sandblasting finally came into its own about twenty years ago through the agency of American blasters like J. T. Cooke and others, there was a look over the shoulder to old factory masters like Dunhill and newer ones like Castello to give artisan blasting a whiff of “apostolic succession” authority. With rusticating, however, there are no prestigious prophets to bear witness, are there? Fortunately for us, K&P (as in most areas of its history) just went along its business, content to do things the Irish way.

In the decade or so I’ve been researching all things Peterson on a more or less daily basis, I haven’t come across a single Patent or Irish Free State rusticated pipe, so I doubt there were any. During those years, K&P dealt with bowls through putty (like the Grade 4 Systems) or seconds (the K&P Dummies line), there being no other way at the time to utilize the paid-for bowls. 1

 

THE CRAFT OF RUSTICATION

Handmade rustication tool (Pipedia)

Rustication can be done with virtually any type of sharp tool found in the shop, although many pipe makers prefer to create their own. Tony Fillenworth, an artisan in Illinois, has a great article on the basic methodology, as does Pipedia, both of which are worth a read. At Reborn Pipes, Steve Laug explains how you can make your own, with the added benefit that you can see had he gone over the pipe a few more times, it might have transformed from merely rustic to awesomely rustic.

Daniela Cavicchi’s rustication tool

A Daniela Cavicchi-rustication from 2012

Fillenworth uses both a homemade gouger-type hand tool as well as a Dremel. Daniela Cavicchi, who did the rustication for her husband Claudio Cavicchi’s pipes back when he offered them, also used a homemade tool.

This rusticated hawkbill by Dr. Robert Kiess of Dr Bob Pipes has a unique rustication that has earned him many enthusiastic customers. Like other artisans, Dr. Kiess has created his own rusticating equipment.

Even more than sandblasting, rustication gives a pipe a very individualized look so that pipes rusticated by one artisan will rarely look like those done by another unless an effort has been made (as in Castello’s factory setting) to use the same tool or tools in the same way. The actual process of gouging or rusticating the wood, depending on which artisan or craftsman you ask, seems to vary from five to eight or nine minutes. In other words, you can almost plot the depth and texture from shallow to deep, simple to complex with your stopwatch.

 

Castello Sea Rock Panel (2022)

 

For K&P, I think it’s safe to lay down two hard-and-fast facts about their rustication history: (1) hand rustication not only changes by era but sometimes several times within an era; (2) as documented by craftsmen at the factory in 2013, hand rustication has often been done by a single individual and sometimes more than one at the same time. As most pipemen know the Castello Sea Rock, which more than any other line has established itself in the hobby as the standard against which to measure all rustication, we’ll use it as a baseline against which to explore K&P’s efforts over the decades.

 

PATENT AND IRISH FREE STATE ERAS

In the decade or so I’ve been researching all things Peterson on a more or less daily basis, I’ve never heard about or run across a single Patent or Irish Free State rusticated pipe, which makes me think there probably weren’t any.   During those years, K&P dealt with bowls through putty (like the Grade 4 Systems) or seconds (the K&P Dummies), there being no other fashion to utilize the paid-for bowls. 1

 

 

ÉIRE (1938-1948)

Éire 363

Here’s the earliest K&P rustic I’ve documented so far: a 363 Grade 3 (shape 8 / 313).  Was it done with a chisel or a drill? I don’t know. Any thought? In any event, I’ve seen none like it.

 

In its first catalog appearance from 1945, the Donegal Rocky wore the black coal-like rusticated finish with a sterling band (using the K & P in shields Maker’s Mark) and a F/T stem.

Rustication at Kapp & Peterson came into its own at the end of WWII, when supply chain issues became a thing of the past and world demand for pipes soared. In 1945, for the first time in the company’s then-70 year history (they counted back to 1875 in those days), a new line was issued for rustic pipes: the Donegal Rocky.  I wouldn’t push this in the noses of Castello Sea Rock fans, but just between you and me, Kapp & Peterson got there first. The Sea Rock didn’t debut until 1947, two years after the Donegal Rocky.

The only late Eire / Early Republic Donegal Rocky I’ve seen in the wild, an 02 Oom Paul. The lack of a MITROI stamp is fairly convincing evidence that it was made between 1945 and 1948.

 If you compare the recent Sea rock with the circa 1950 Donegal Rocky, it looks to me like the Irish win the gnarly MF contest.

 

Early Republic Long Shank

This long shank Canadian’s rustication is in the same style and possibly by the same craftsman as the 02 Donegal Rocky. For my money, this pattern and style, which is even deeper than the 02, is as strong and muscular as K&P have ever achieved—not as silky as the later Pebble Rustic, not as refined as the work of Castello. Just a gnarly BAMF.

 

 

EARLY REPUBLIC (1949-1968)

Early Republic 309

This 309 shows what might have been a transition between the original rusticated finish and what would come in the mid-1950s with larger texture, say, than the shape 11 below but much softer and les craggy than the 02 Donegal above. It could, just the same, have been done by a different craftsman or the same one on a different day of the week (there were between 100 and 120 employees at the Dublin factory during this era). All three rustications are quite deep, but notice they maintain the integrity of their shapes.

 

Early Republic Shape 11 Stack Kapet

This unusual shape 11 stack is very similar like Carlo Scotti’s Sea Rock texture: craggy, softly rolling and uniform around the bowl, a foreshadowing of the later Pebble Rustic finish and every bit its equal.

 

DeLuxe 04S

This DeLuxe 04S was made before 1963 (it has a bone tenon). Notice how finely the rustication is done. As you can see along the top rim—in case your eyes try to deceive you—this isn’t a sandblast, but a minutely rusticated surface. I can see why it was given a DeLuxe status. I’ve never seen another DeLuxe Rustic. If you have, or if you own one, do leave a comment and get in touch!

1965 Aran (from 1965 catalog)

The first release of the Aran line in the mid-1960s shows a definite link to the DeLuxe 04 System in the pebble-like rusticating technique.

 

 

LATE REPUBLIC (1969-1990)

1975 Aran (catalog): Another great, forgotten XL shape!

The 1975 Aran rustication looks identical to that from a decade previous.

 

30S Aran

This shape—the 30S—dates from the first release of the Aran line, which consisted of several XL bowls unique to the line. The rustication isn’t the bituminous coal look of the 1965 or 1975 catalogs, but a little more relaxed (meaning less time was spent on it), making me if it dates from a few years later or someone was just in a hurry.

 

04 Special Kaffir in Brush Rustic

One of my favorite rustications appeared during the second decade of the Late Republic era. It used a very distinctive vertical striated pattern, one Briarworks picked up on a few years back. It’s amazing under finger and thumb and gives the pipe a tremendous tactility. I can see (or rather, feel) why Briarworks uses it.

A recent Briarworks Bulldog using the same technique and color

 

The first appearance of the Black Brush Rustic (1978 IRC Catalog)

The first K&P catalog appearance of the Black Brush Rustic (1979 catalog update)

This style—which has never been repeated—appeared first in the 1978 Iwan Ries & Co. catalog then in the following year’s update to the 1975 K&P Orange Catalog, where it was christened the “Black Brush Rustic” of the K&P Dublin. (If the Brothers Blaszczak at the factory are reading this, think about doing a special edition Black Brush Rustic System!)

 

Dunmore Rustic 79, c. 1975

 

Dunmore Rustic XL75, c. 1981

Paddy Larrigan’s genius reworked the System line as “setter” pipes, balancing on the button and the flattened bottom of the shank. The Dunmore line appeared first for Iwan Ries in 1971, then following its success was released worldwide. The rustication in the examples I’ve seen are similar but not identical. The 79 above probably dates from the early to mid-1970s. Notice the tiny straight lines almost like a chisel with little sharp teeth, indicating a different type of rusticating tool than seen elsewhere in the K&P catalog. The XL75, however, looks a bit more like a flattened Castello Sea Rock and actually seems to be from the same craftsman who made the Donegal Rocky XL339 below.

 

Donegal Rocky Rustic 01, 1979

In between the two Dunmores, and again right there at the height of K&P’s genius in the late 1970s and early 1980s, was the most glam of all the Donegals. This 01 was released the very year the shape hit the market (or at least the catalog update): it had the old aluminum stinger, a slide-in-slide-out affair meant to offer a cooler smoke and dating from the 1930s. It had sterling. It had black. Not a two-tone, just awesome obsidian black. The rustication is also amazing, less like a rough chunk of coal, more uniform yet quite inviting.

 

XL339 Rocky Donegal (HM 1981)

By 1981, the Donegal had changed from its spectacular 1979 look. The 1981 technique used the more familiar dark burgundy-brown finish and harkened back to the Early Republic examples. It’s a great look and a great feel.

 

XL Rustic [Mark Twain] (1981-84)

I never liked the original Mark Twain rustic. It always had that machine-cut look to it, at least to me. Then at the 2019 Chicago show, a Saturday morning dealer had three XL Rustics, all NOS. I thought, “What the fridge?” and had to take it to the light to get a better look. It was the Mark Twain, fitted with the domed ferrule and the wide-shoulder Comfort P-Lip. When I got it home, I thought it looked somewhat like a later Donegal. It’s got some “sharp” to the cut, by which I mean that your thumb catches on it in spots. Just lovely. I decicded to give it some luster with Paragon Wax, which curiously in the  photo (but not to my eyes) brought out salmon colors up on parts of the bowl. It looks better in real life.

 

309 Premier Rustic (HM 1984)

While some of my friends don’t care for this type of rustication, I like it. It is fairly uniform, but it also has a Black Forest feeling to it, at least for me, that makes me want to pull out Carl Jung’s books (he lived there) or eat Black Forest Cake (who doesn’t like chocolate cake with cherries?) or listen to Bach (who also lived near there). . . . It is made by hand as close examination reveals, and we can actually date it, thanks to it being a Premier System—the Celtic “T” being 1984.

 

 

House Pipe, c. 1984 (Scott Forest Collection)

This House Pipe has what looks to me to be an almost identical technique with the 309 Premier above it, and is moreover one of the ultra-rare Peterson Tanshells, seen only recently in the Tanshell Spigot Special House Pipe release. While it is a nickel-mount, 1984 as approximate date of manufacture seems right, as the House Pipe had gone through its first cycle by that year (meaning that all the smooths had been exhausted, leaving the lower-quality bowls for blasting or rustication). For my part, I’d love to see more tanshell finishes, especially on sandblast and rusticated pipes.

Pebble Rustics: Connemara System (HM 1987), Dublin Millennium (HM 1988) and Baskerville (HM 1989)

The famed Pebble Rustic finish appeared about 1985 and continued through the transition from the Late Republic into the first years of the Dublin era, c. 1995. As you can see, this deep, craggy, rolling rustication was reserved for Peterson high grades, and for my money remains the finest sustained rustic finish in K&P history. According to the craftsmen I interviewed in Sallynoggin in 2013, these were outsourced to an artisan in the UK. You’ll find Pebble Rustic on the Connemara System, Dublin Millennium, Patent Lip Commemorative, Handmade and Sherlock Holmes pipes made during these years. I’ve got to say that I hope in time we may see an upper tier of rustication again on our Petes.

 

 

DUBLIN ERA (1991-2018)

Things took a slow, steady downturn for K&P’s rustication during the Dublin era, perhaps because the company was run by non-smokers at this point, who didn’t routinely pick up and smoke a Donegal Rocky and so understand its great appeal to so many pipemen. For the first dozen or more years, however, the Donegal Rocky, while not as striking as it was in 1979, maintained great consistency in its rustication and stain and was promoted as an important upper mid-grade line, as indicated by its sterling band and P-Lip with F/T option. This is the classic Donegal most of the Pete Geeks of my generation have smoked and loved.

 Dublin Era Donegals: the rare A3 (HM 1999) & B2 (HM 2001) shapes

Here are two of my favorites from the classic years, when the Donegal Rocky utilized the sterling Maker’s Mark “K & P” in shields: an A3 hallmarked 1999 from the “1909” System of the 1995 Antique Collection, and the B2, one of the greatest “Irish design language” shapes hallmarked 2001.

B7 Donegal Rocky, nickel band, c. 2012

The Donegal seemed to maintain its aesthetic sensibility through the first decade of the 20th century. By the second decade, however, the rustication had become shallower, as you can see in this B7. Whether done in-house or outsourced I couldn’t say. It utilized a nickel band, slightly and a F/T.

X221 Donegal Rocky, c. 2015

By the middle of the second decade, the outsourcing of rustication led to a machine-rusticated treatment sometimes called “pineapple” rustication. I’ve also heard it called by some craftsmen at the factory the thing you step in and immediately regret. Whether K&P simply ordered machine-rusticated bowls from Gardesana (one of their suppliers at that time) or some other source I can’t say, but it does have a certain “drugstore” quality to it (“drugstores” in the US being those places which traditionally sold pharamceuticals, cosmetics and tobacco products. Cheap pipes and cheap pipe tobacco used to be sold along with cheap cigars and massive amounts of cigarettes. Those were the days. . .)

 

“Pineapple” Rustication on a Founder’s Edition, 2015 POY

So here it is: just about as low as it could go, a distinct aesthetic decline from hand to machine rustication.  This POY and the ones that followed it in 2017 and 2018 used the same process. No wonder the craftsmen in Sallynoggin were excited to bring back in-house, hand-carved rustication!

 

Derry Rustic B60, 2016

There was one very bright spot in machine rustication during the Late Dublin era: the first release of “Killer B” Derry Rustic in 2016. It was an inspired move at K&P, clearing out the remarkable B shapes inventory by outfitting the bowls in army mounts with striated acrylic mocha stems to accentuate the acarmel and black stain work. The pineapple effect seemed to disappear and the entire pipe become something organic and connected. I think this is because of both the color palette and the lines the eye sees: smokey wraiths along the mocha stem which funnel into the nickel of the ferrule and are transformed into the cloud puffs of the rustic pattern, all of which is heightened by the hot foil silver P on the stem.

The Derry Rustic release was a poignant moment for Pete Geeks at the time as we said goodbye to the stunning, incredible shapes of the B catalog, most of which would never again be issued.  To be sure, some shapes were “quaints,” meaning unusual and/or perhaps difficult to hold, yet several were genuine extensions and expansions of the Peterson design language and said “Kapp & Peterson” as well or better than a number of older shapes from the catalog. A testament, perhaps, to the powerful hold of this first release and the B shapes: you rarely see them on eBay.

 

Select photos courtesy
Scott Forest and Smokingpipes.com
Dr. Bob pipe photo courtesy Blue Room Briars

 

(You can read about the making of Larry Gosser’s
Of Pipes & Men under the BOOKS tab at the top of the blog.)

 

Coming Up:
Rustication at K&P, Part 2: the Laudisi Era,
an Interview with K&P’s Rusticator Wojciech Blaszcak
and Factory Manager Jonathan Fields

 

 

 

 

 

1 Note that K&P didn’t pay a flat rate for a bag of bowls (even when they outsourced those), but a rate that would account for a certain number of bowls at each quality level. See Detlef Seiffert’s crucial report in an earlier post.

2 This is not to imply K&P was the first to make rusticated pipes. The oldest pipe catalog I have, a 1939 House of Windsor, has an entry for a rusticated virgin. If you can document an earlier date for rusticated pipes, please drop me a line or make a comment below.

 

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William
William
4 months ago

Excellent! I have always wondered about the rustic lineage. The “Rustic “ SH series pipes that I ordered in the late 90s have always stood out to me. Now I know why.

Sébastien Canévet
4 months ago

Another great words from Mark, I have upgrade my knowledge about Peterson rustication, thanks a lot 🙂

Eric B
Eric B
4 months ago

Great article Mark. Personally, I love all three wood finishes. Speaking of using bowls that would not otherwise make the grade, I’ve seen what look to be discount Peterson clones: Erin Go Bragh. Are these some type of seconds?

F Sykes Wilford
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric B

The Erin go Bragh brand has nothing to do with Peterson. They’re made by a factory in Italy with no involvement or authorization at all from Peterson.

Eric B
Eric B
4 months ago

Thanks for the explanation. Wow, you never know who you may bump into on this blog!

Douglas Owen
Douglas Owen
3 months ago

Thanks for the heads up Sykes on the Erin Go Bragh crap, reminds me of the lousy large “system appearing” pipes back in the day that tried to copy the System design and failed miserably, even the fake Peterson lip had the hole in the end rather than on the top of the button, then they added insult to injury by heavily varnishing the briar to complete a pathetic and low grade copy of the real deal.

Chris Streeper
Chris Streeper
4 months ago
Reply to  Eric B

Erin Go Bragh pipes are cheap knockoffs. Nothing more.

Craig Hairrell
Craig Hairrell
4 months ago

Despite having been produced on the Isle of Man in the Laxey Pipes factory, the Laxiom from the early 1970s seemed to have the same rustication that was used on the Aran line of that era. I assume that the rustication was done at the factory and not sent back to Sallynoggin for final finishing, so it’s just a little surprising to me that they managed relatively good consistency between the two facilities. But maybe it was just a coincidence, since it’s the basically the same rustication I’ve seen on the African Meerschaum pipes Laxey produced under various names.

Last edited 4 months ago by Craig Hairrell
Richard Roberts
Richard Roberts
4 months ago

Thank you, Mark, for this very informative comparison of the rusticated styles. I had never seen a black brushed striation, but would be glad if such were to be re-offered. The Eire 363 looks to me much like an old Vuillard Oom Paul that I have had for many years and so interested me. Recently I purchased (with no little excitement) a 1984 309 Premier as seen in your article and, while I am delighted with it, I have yet to smoke it. However, one of your contributors recently wrote that he was amazed that pipe smokers could purchase a… Read more »

Daniel H Billings
Daniel H Billings
4 months ago

I actually like the pineapple rustication on the 2014 Xmas pipes, though it was first told to me that it was meant to look like a pinecone. So… yeah… that worked. Never liked it on the Donegal Rockys, though.

Al Jones
Al Jones
4 months ago

Great article. I find the rustication used in the 70’s to early 80’s to be very pleasing and you are right, they compete well with the fabled Castello Sea Rock finish.

Chris Streeper
Chris Streeper
4 months ago
Reply to  Al Jones

The 1980 Donegal Rocky I purchased from you had the finest rustication I’ve ever seen on a Peterson.

Martin
Martin
4 months ago

Love this Kaffir Pipe and the brushed finish. This is a thing they definitely have to bring back.

Chris Streeper
Chris Streeper
4 months ago

Thank you for another fantastic article Mark. I enjoyed reading the first part and already find myself eagerly anticipating Part II.

One thought; I would love to see a wire rusticated pipe make a return, even if for only a special or limited release.

James Walsh
James Walsh
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

The Craftsman Series (April 2016) was very similar to the brush rustic with the brush rustic being more uniformly applied. I have a brush rustic 406 and it feels fantastic in hand. I have two System Deluxe, 1s and 9s, in the same rustication as the tanshell house pipe, both hallmarked 1985 and in a black finish. In addition to the System Deluxe, I have two others with the same rustication that are nickel mounted with no shape numbers or series name. One I would call a quarter bent pot and is an XL size and the other is a… Read more »

Lance Dahl
Lance Dahl
3 months ago
Reply to  James Walsh

James,
I think I know where you got one of those;)
Lance

Douglas Owen
Douglas Owen
3 months ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

Hey Sykes, are you hearing these boys on the wire rusticated issue? Sounds like a winner.

Wiz
Wiz
4 months ago

That Eire 363 is great. My favorite Peterson shape is the 313. To me it personifies the classic Peterson bent pipe look. I wish the current production had more of that original style. The slightly larger diameter mortise hole, the gradual stem taper into the flare, and shape of the bend are very attractive. I’d buy a couple.

Wiz
Wiz
3 months ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

Thanks for the heads up, I’ll keep my eyes peeled. Also, my copy of your Peterson softcover book just got delivered today, what a beauty. I can’t wait to explore within.

Eri Billing
Eri Billing
4 months ago

Well Written I always look forward to the Pipe Note email they are so informative on the History of Peterson Pipes
Thank You Once Again

Scott Forrest
Scott Forrest
4 months ago

Great subject! Enjoyed reading your blog so much that I still haven’t had my morning cup of tea.

Rob Guttridge
Rob Guttridge
4 months ago

Very welcome and informative post, Mark!
I find that I actually smoke my rusticated pipes more often than those with smooth (or even sandblast) finishes, for the simple reason that I am less afraid of inadvertently marring them. Rustication is just more forgiving of the normal handling that pipes encounter when they are actually being smoked, not just admired for their surface beauty. And nicely-rusticated, handsomely-stained Petes can be beautiful, as well. I have some favorites….

Alex W
Alex W
4 months ago

Great article! I have trouble identifying sandblast or rusticated. Some are very obviously sandblast as the grain is well defined but others Ive seen on websites marked as sandblast look more rusticated. I have a 314 I’m unsure of. Could I email a few pics and have you look at it?

Marlowe
Marlowe
4 months ago

Thanks for the education Mark. I like rusticated pipes – but not all. Most of my pipes are rusticated or partly so.I don’t like anything uniform ( what does that say about me?) or weak. I like something that my hand can feel; something that might draw the attention of my finger or thumb while I’m working the bowl over in my hand. I had purchased a NOS 301 deluxe rusticated last year but the uniformity and smoothness of the rustication just didn’t grab me and I sold it with out smoking it. I don’t however have a rusticated Peterson… Read more »

Christopher Lauer
Christopher Lauer
4 months ago

Very enlightening article Mark!!! I have often wondered about the various rustication methods used to produce the different looks. Also, thanks for the PSA announcement about the books, I ordered both and they are on their way. I really look forward to reading them.

Christopher Lauer
Christopher Lauer
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

There is no doubt I will. I have also thoroughly enjoyed your Pipes of Basil Rathbone’s Sherlock Holmes 2nd Edition

William Auld
William Auld
4 months ago

Really enjoyed this entry and am very much looking forward to the 2nd instalment. The pebble rustics are really nice.

I received a copy of the 1896 catalog reprint today and it’s nothing short of extraordinary. A “must have”. Love the ads by the way.

William Auld
William Auld
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

It’s a complete home run – great quality printing. Much to study and muse about. You’ve done it once again! Definitely will be looking for the “Making of” post.

Gregory
4 months ago

Great read, thanks Mark. I have a beautifully deeply rusticated Emerald 408 that doesn’t quite match up to any of these.

Stanwell, by the way, does brushed style rustication in brown and black. It’s actually a low tier line, and we’re selling for $50 new a few years ago.

Oh, and I’m glad you didn’t try to rehabilitate the dreaded pineapple 😄

The Savinelli corallo is one of my favorite rustication styles. I daresay that overall, when compared with Italian brands Peterson have not quite achieved the same heights over all.

Douglas Owen
Douglas Owen
3 months ago

Great article Mark: I was fortunate to buy a 1979 Donegal Rocky when I worked at the Tinderbox in Portland at the time. It had the p-lip and the jet black finish, it was a small pot shape and I loved it, at the time it was a relatively inexpensive pipe but looking back, I recall it smoking as well as any high grade I have ever owned, and I have owned more than a few. I also recall recoiling in horror when the pineapple finish, also called the fish scale treatment by its detractors, was introduced. I hated it… Read more »

Bob Cuccaro/TLIP
Bob Cuccaro/TLIP
3 months ago

Great article again ! Peterson rustication has always impressed me starting with my POTY 2016, and now with SPD series and my house spigot, I look forward to the new system spigot release this week 🙂