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321. A Christmas Pageant of Patent House Pipes: Act III with Lance Dahl, Scott Forrest and Ken Sigel

Lá Fhéile Stiofáin or Lá an Dreoilín or Boxing Day!

Whatever you want to call December 26th and however you choose to celebrate, whether devotionally as St. Stephen’s Day (in the Republic of Ireland and much of the Western world), dressed up as a wren (in some parts of Ireland) or in a spirit of giving as Boxing Day (Northern Ireland and the UK), I hope you’ll find time to smoke your favorite Pete (maybe even one left under the tree yesterday) and reflect on the many things you have to be grateful for on every levels. For myself, the many new acquaintances, friendships and camaraderie of Pete Geeks throughout the world certainly tops the list. A hearty thanks and a pint of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout to all at Kapp & Peterson as well–you really have no idea how much joy and pure contentment you create for all of us. And I raise my pipe today as well to the wonderful people at Laudisi Enterprises and Smokingpipes.com, who week after week support the blog and are such loving, conscientious stewards of K&P.

Lance Dahl

 

I love my Patent & Irish Free State-era House Pipes. I love the bowl wall thickness of the House Pipes, which dissipates heat well. If smoked slowly, these long-stemmed House Pipes are also very cool smokers. I can nurse these for three-plus hours or longer.

I have three favorites among the long-stem House Pipes. The first is an XXL 1899 dutch billiard, a one-off with two Maltese crosses on it. (It was featured it in the PPN April Fool’s Day post, “K&P Pipes for the Illuminati nahÉireann.” Bowl is 3 in. tall; chamber 2.35 in; Stem 7 in.

My second favorite, and the first House Pipe I acquired, is from the Irish Free State era, hallmarked 1927. I was lucky enough to be the first person Mark Hoover (of LaBelleEpoque.com) offered it to after he found it in Europe. I paid the most I had ever paid for a pipe at the time, however, it has the longest stem Peterson offered in the Patent era, 15”. It is unbroken and original, which is absolutely remarkable since so many of these long stems have been broken over the years.

My third favorite is slightly smaller, Charles Peterson’s own favorite the O1 shape, although it’s silver capped. Hallmarked 1912. In this photo it borrows a stem from an IFS era O1 hallmarked 1923, until I can get Silver Grey to make a new stem for it and my Patent-era Nickel-capped pipe.  1912 Silver Cap, bowl 2.5” tall; .85” diameter; 1.98” deep; 7” stem.

I also want to call attention to my Patent era O1 Nickel Cap. It also needs Silver to make a stem for it, so for the present I use a stem off what I believe is a huge IFS-era Nickel band 01, with the Nickel Mount Marks. The pipe is Grade Three (3 a circle). It is the only nickel capped O1 I have seen. 2.85” bowl height; .95” bowl diameter; 2.15” diameter; 2.3” bowl depth. While my 1899 is taller, this one is more massive in overall bowl size. I have size XXL hands 9.0” from the top of my middle finger to the bottom of my palm.

Over the last several years I have added fifteen more of these oversize Petes to my collection. Please don’t be afraid to add them to your own rotation if you find them, even if they have broken or missing stems. Three of the House Pipes I’ve bought were just the bowls. I sent the cased O1 to K&P with a broken stem and they made a new one for it. The outlay for the new stem with shipping was only about €50.00, a deal to get a 1906 cased House Pipe back in smoking condition! The other two O1 bowls I have also came without stems, but wonderful artisans like Silver Gray are able to make new P-Lip stems and breath new life back into these wonderful pipes. They are such classic pieces of Peterson history. Sláinte!

 

 Scott Forrest

Here are six of my favorite Patents, L-R, top-to-bottom:

1904 House Pipe ‘O2’ (from Carrickfergus, Antrim)

1905 20 FAB- crack in shank repaired

1902 Meerschaum with broken Amber stem, original case

1911 small Dutch 8 1/2 ABC (bottom of P-Lip sanded off)

1901 army mount billiard

1907 French Brevet (Patent) w/replacement stem from Luxeuil Les Bains, France, via Latvia)

The 1904 House Pipe is a great smoker.  Restoration revealed a few minor crack inside the chamber, but I couldn’t resist smoking it once.  I had a wonderful smoke of Peterson 3 P’s, then put the pipe away and will finish the inner chamber restoration later.

I smoke the 1905 ‘AB’ regularly.  I spotted this on eBay along with a 1911 smooth bent Comoy’s, so made a deal on both.  They both looked equally horrible with lead-gray ferrules, but both cleaned up great.  This pipe had a small crack running from the top of the shank down to the bottom of the ferrule, which was an easy repair.  The bowl required no sanding and cleaning revealed beautiful straight grain.  It’s a fantastic smoker!

The 1902 meerschaum was my first Peterson Patent.  I cleaned it up and removed the coloring disc, but have not had the courage to fix the amber stem.  It’s a clean break, so should be an easy fix, and I’m looking forward to smoking it.

The tiny 1911 ‘ABC’ Dutch is a nice little smoker.

I have only smoked the 1901 army mount once.

The 1907 French Patent is one of my favorite Petersons.  It is shown here in a non-original case and has a non-original screw-in stem.  I suspect that the original stem was a non-saddle amber p-lip, and I plan to have something similar made for it.

 

 

Ken Sigel

When I acquired my first House Pipe I treated it like a display object. It was an 1898 O2 (based on 1896 catalog). It has a button stem. I finally got the nerve to smoke a bowl, since after all it is a pipe isn’t it? Since then as I have acquired more House Pipes.  It may be my imagination, but it sure seems to me that these long-stemmed System pipes draw better and smoke cooler than some of the modern shapes.

The bowl on the O2 is HUGE: a very deep 2.4” and 0.9” chamber diameter (the PPN Commemorative, in comparison, is 1.9 x .8”).  The O2 is extremely well balanced, but obviously too big to hang in the mouth. That said, even with a conventional length stem this pipe rests on my chest when I am slouched down in my “contemplative posture.” With a hand under it and arm resting on the chair arm, the pipe is surprising light. With the the orifice button on the shorter stem the smoke sort of runs at you. There is no diffusion as with the the P-lip. This pipe doesn’t draw, it has draft! Seriously, it almost smokes itself.

Even as a sipper, however, it can burn when smoking Gawith’s FVF. Cutting down on airing time for this tobacco helped. For me, the O2 is an all-evening pipe – smoke a bit, talk a bit, drink a bit. Repeat.  It does take a bit more effort to light, but it gives a huge taste as the bowl burns down through fresh tobacco. Little sips do it. Not much re-lighting. Smoking partial bowls is tricky, however, because of the bowl depth.

On to the long stems. The O1 with the House Pipe stem smokes noticeably easier than a System with a short stem. The long stem seems to smoke easily, yet doesn’t allow me to go too fast. Perhaps it’s a combination of the large bowl and long stem, but the same tobacco seems to have more complexity to the flavor in this pipe. It is also quite noticeably cooler than a conventional-length stem.

This brings me to another interesting point. The Patent era pipes all seem to have a proportionally greater depth of reservoir (distance from draw hole to bottom) than contemporary Systems. I have to do some more measuring to see how true this is, but it sure looks that way to my eye. Could this larger, deeper reservoir make for a better draw and a cooler smoke?

The last observation I want to make concerns comfort. With a long stem like this, it’s necessary to play around a bit with your posture. I find my own comfort zone when the bowl is literally sitting on my midriff.

 

“COLLECT ALL THREE!”

Thanks again to Bryan Heydn
for his spectacular triptych for the PPN 2022 Christmas Pageant.

If you haven’t done so already and want to see his entire creation, right-click the image above to save it to your desktop. Once there, you can assemble the three panels to see how Brian combined elements from all the Pageant participants, K&P history and the spirit of Christmas.

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Scott Forrest
Scott Forrest
1 month ago

Thanks Mark, for another great post on the Patents. I wanted to add that the pipe shown at the bottom of my Patent descriptions, is actually an ‘Irish Free State’ O1 House Pipe, with a tiny orific stem which appears to be original. The bottom two composite photos show the ‘before and after’ of the restoration. When I removed the nickel band, it revealed the original dark brown stem, so I matched it during the restoration. Curiously, my O1 has a small orific stem very similar to Ken’s O2. Mine also has the same sparse nickel faux hallmarks as his,… Read more »

John Schantz
John Schantz
1 month ago

Another nice batch of monstrous pipes.

Jorgen Jensen
Jorgen Jensen
1 month ago

Good morning, I have been reading these three novels with joy.
It is good to know that those pipes are there and that they are being smoked.

Jorgen Jensen
Jorgen Jensen
1 month ago

and unfornately I do not think we are able to run down to a newsagent and buy a copy of
” The Irish News “,what a paper it must be, Only pipes!

Ken Sigel
Ken Sigel
1 month ago

So many amazing pipes out there! Let me second Lance’s comment about not shying away from stummels with missing stems. K&P has some new old stock of long stems. Their pricing is quite reasonable. My 01 came to me pretty tired without a stem. I refurbished the wood, sent it over to them and voila back it came with a beautiful stem from 1910 new old stock. It took some time but well worth it. Maybe a long stem gathering is order at the Chicago Show next spring. Thanks Mark for a great series! Happy Healthy New Year to all.

Paul Combs
Paul Combs
1 month ago

Great post! Thanks all for sharing your pipes and Merry Christmas!

Marlowe
Marlowe
1 month ago

Thank you for the wonderful walk into the world of long stemmed house pipes. I was never interested in owning a house pipe until this past year and now that my interest is peaked, I walk around the corner into another facet of the Peterson Pipe page. Too fun!!

Bob Cuccaro/TLIP
Bob Cuccaro/TLIP
1 month ago

Loved the series ! I am fortunate enough to see Lance and his recent acquisitions. Couldn’t go to a better guy and friend 🙂

Kendall B
Kendall B
1 month ago

All right, time to get after Laudisi to get the O1 and O2 house pipes back in production! Idc if they’re in the Aran line (smooth), I need these shapes in my collection! Love these shapes! Great articles Mark!

Ken Sigel
Ken Sigel
1 month ago
Reply to  Kendall B

Kendall, I agree. Those two are great smoking pipes. Time for Laudisi to make some. Looking at the success of the PPN and 2022 POY I am sure there would be interest!

Paul Combs
Paul Combs
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

Totally agree Mark! For fun I have played mix and match with the long stems on other pipes, and the XL5 definitely rocks with a long stem. 🙂

Rick Myerscough
Rick Myerscough
1 month ago

It is so nice to see the older pipes still going and hearing about your repairs to keep them is insightful. Thanks for sharing. Blessings and Merry Christmas. To each a prosperous New Year 2023.

Scott Forrest
Scott Forrest
1 month ago

Agreed. This post inspired me to repair my 1902 meerschaum Patent’s amber stem. The glue is currently curing – I can’t wait to finally give it its [first] smoke tomorrow.

Lourens
Lourens
15 days ago

Good morning

I acquired 3 Petersons Churchwarden pipes that I want to date and learn more about any help will be appreciated.