A peterson dating guide


My main aim is to help to clarify an otherwise chaotic Peterson history for other enthusiasts,especially the new Peterson pipe owner or collectors. In 1865 Charles Peterson opened a small tobacco shop in Dublin.Later in 1875 Charles approached the Kapp brothers, Fredrich and Heinrich, with a new pipe design and with this, a very long-lived partnership was formed, Kapp & Peterson.This new pipe design is the now famous Peterson Patented System Smoking Pipe.By 1890, Kapp & Peterson was the most respected pipe and tobacco manufacturer in Ireland and rapidly gaining followers in England and America.



When in doubt, study my late, great, old friend Mike Leverette's marvellous reference work, The Peterson Pipe Project, “A Peterson Dating Guide; A Rule of Thumb.”The "Made in Ireland" block format evident on this pipe can be a headache in dating Peterson pipes, since this same stamp was used in the late Patent Era as well as the late 1940s.In 1898 another of Peterson's remarkable inventions became available, the Peterson-Lip (P-Lip) mouthpiece, also known as the Steck mouthpiece.The Peterson System is the standard bearer of the Peterson pipe family, famous for the unexcelled smoking pleasure it provides.The Peterson Lip further enhances the effectiveness of the graduated bore by directing the flow of smoke upwards and away from the tongue.

This achieves a uniquely even distribution of smoke and virtually eliminates and chance of tongue-bite or bitterness.

So for a guide we must take into consideration the style of lettering Peterson used on their pipes.