So for the purpose of this dating guide, we will study Irish history, relevant to our pipe dating needs, from 1870s until now.
Before we start with this Peterson dating guide, an observation; the Kapp Brothers were making pipes as early as the 1850s and in many of the shapes we now associate with Peterson since the Kapp Brothers simply took their existing shapes and incorporated Charles Peterson’ s patented design into them.
As a pipe refurbisher who has worked on and restored many older Peterson pipes over the years and a researcher who likes to understand the brands of pipes I work on I have always been amazed at how little there is on the history of the brand.
As one can see this is pretty straightforward but there have been inconsistencies within this method of stamping.Peterson was never very energetic in removing their old stamps from the work stations so the older stamps can and did cross-over into the newer Era’s.Stamping of Bowls During the years of Kapp and Peterson’s business operations, the country of Ireland has undergone several name changes and K&P’s stamping on their pipes reflects these changes.Knowing these changes, a Peterson pipe can be roughly dated and placed in “eras.” • The Patent Era was between the years of K&P’s formation until the expiration of the patent; 1875 through approximately 1910.Mike directed me to this article of his on and later sent me a copy of the piece he had written.
It became my go to piece when seeking information on Petersons.
As a point of interest and due to the shortage of briar, Peterson did make clay and Bog Oak pipes during the war years though they had ceased clay pipe production in the Patent Era and Bog Oak production back in the early 1930s.
The “Made in Ireland” block format (above) can be another headache in dating Peterson pipes since this stamp was used in the late Patent Era as well as the late 1940s.
While we all wait for the publication of this work I am posting the article that Mike sent me many years ago now and dedicate it respectfully to my good friend Mike’s memory. This guide first appeared in on August 26, 2006 by: Mike Leverette.
Introduction The history of Ireland is an old and honourable one; steeped in warfare, family, racial and religious traditions. However, the first couple of millennia of Irish history have no relevance to this dating guide.
So the Free State Era will be from 1922 through 1937. So the English Era, for a simplified date, will be from 1895 through 1959.