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The Peterson Peterson of Dublin - corporate gifts ireland, peterson pipes brand is issued from the association of the brothers Friedrich and Heinrich Kapp with Charles Peterson. The Dublin tobacco shop first named "Kapp Brothers" (1865) became the "Kapp & Peterson" Company.

Tom Palmer bought the Peterson business in the early 1990s .
Production (2006): ~ 120 000 Pipes / year

Charles Peterson
Charles Peterson
(† 1919)

See also Peterson seconds: Auld Erin, Shamrock, Lord Kirk

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1875 - 1915: Patent Era

1915 – 1949: Pre Republic Era (Irish Free State, Made in Eire, Made in Ireland)

1950 – Present: Republic Era (Made in the Republic of Ireland)

1991 – Present: Modern Era (Tom Palmer buys over Peterson)

Meerschaum 1892

Brands with several letters logo

(Left side)

Peterson's (Arched) N° 12393 90 Patent

(On band)

Kapp Bro

◊ [hibernia] [harp] [W] ◊

Peterson's (Arched) N° 12393 90 Patent

Enlarged view #1

  • This meerschaum pipe was crafted in 1892 two years after the Kapp brothers and Charles Peterson patented their system (see date letter chart of Dublin's Assay Office and Peterson's time line).
  • The silver band identifies both "Peterson" and the parent company "Kapp Brothers" (stamped KAPP BRO).

Enlarged view #3

  • HAND CUT is impressed into the P-lip mouthpiece.

Enlarged views #2 and #4

  • The case is of the "Kidney" kind.

Peterson 1895


 (Left side) ◊ Peterson's (cursive), Patented, N° 905994
During the "Patent era" (1875-1915) Peterson's pipes hadn't any Country of Manufacture stamped. Despite worn hallmarks (see enlarged view) this pipe nevertheless may be dated. The shield shape of the three escutcheons indicates a pre-1896 pipe. The year letter can only be a "Z" making this pipe to reach back to 1895.

The shank/stem gap: one of Peterson's odd particularity. The tenon is slightly tapered so even if the briar or the stem material shrinks or expands the stem can still be inserted tightly. This allows to safely remove and replace stem while pipe is hot.

The enlarged views display the tenon extension (the condensor). In the early years, Peterson used horn condensors (this pipe) for their Deluxe and Premier series. Sometime in the 1940's they changed to bakelite and finally to aluminum nowadays.

Peterson 1899

The brand's name as logo


  Peterson, Patent, 2

The silver hallmarks correspond to 1899 (see document).

The "2" after the word "Patent" indicates the second-highest grade offered. This pipe from the Patent era shows no fills.

Pre-Republic era

 (Left side) Peterson's, Dublin 3
 (Right side) 3182
 (On band) K&P, Peterson, Dublin

No stem markings on this pipe.

No mention of "Ireland" nor "Eire" nor "Irish Free State" on the shank.

Made in Ireland

  Peterson's, Dublin & London
    Made in, Ireland (Block format)

Pipe of the Pre-republic era (Before 1949).

Notice the Country of Manufacture stamp in two lines and block letters.

Irish Free State


(Left side) Peterson's, Dublin 3
(Right side) Irish Free State

The first two escutcheon in Peterson's genuine silver hallmark are a Hibernia and a Harp. The first mark on the band of this pipe is a Shamrock denoting a non silver metal, probably nickel. These faux hallmarks cannot be of any help to date the pipe.

The "Irish Free State" mark was adopted in 1922 and replaced by "Eire" in 1937.

- The Irish Free State was formed on 15 January 1922.

- Eire was formed on 29 December 1937.

This unsmoked pipe should have been crafted in this period of time.

Made in Eire


 (Left side) Peterson, System
(Right side) Made in Eire (Arched), 31
▲ The "Made in Eire" stamped in circle means that this pipe dates from 1938 to 1947.

Made in Ireland


no logo on the stem


(Left side) Peterson, System, 0
(Right side) Made in Ireland (In circle) 307

The country of manufacture stamp changed from "Made in Eire" to "Made in Ireland" (In circle) about 1945 (this pipe). Later (1947-49) it became "MADE IN IRELAND" (block letters) stamped in one or two lines.
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