A Reborn Peterson Tankard

Another great Pete restoration by Steve Laug, this one of the Tankard, a Peterson Specialty shape that goes back in the K&P ephemera to 1945.

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I have looked for one of these little Peterson Tankards for a long time. I have always liked the delicate simplicity of the pipe. The bowl is a round tankard and the pencil shank with the silver Peterson collar looks elegant. The rim is rounded and crowned. The stem has a gentle bend that allows the pipe to sit plat on the base. It is stamped on its base Peterson Tankard, Made in the Republic of Ireland. The pipe is pictured in the photo below, the third pipe down. It was one of the five I found on my recent pipe hunt.IMG_2049The Tankard was in worn but decent shape. The finish was dirty and there was darkening around the bowl middle from the hands of the previous owner. The rim had a thick buildup of tars and oils that had hardened. There were burn marks around the inner edge…

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Restoring a Peterson Dunmore #72

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The Dunmore line from Peterson really is a stripped down pipe. The one that I worked on this weekend was in essence a system pipe. The lack of a ferrule is made up for by a stylized carving around the shank end. The stem sits snugly against the end of the shank but is not flush with the diameter of the shank. The saddle on the stem has a different flair than a regular Peterson pipe. The one we found had a Plip stem. This particular Dunmore was found by my friend John when we went pipe hunting this weekend. We had a blast as can be seen from the haul of pipes that he picked up below. The Dunmore is picture at the top left of the first column in the photo below. below. IMG_2050 While John worked on restoring the oak pipe rack that he had found I worked…

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Trying to Remedy a Hot Smoking Peterson Killarney 999

Working on a daily basis with estate and antique Peterson pipes, I find Steve Laug’s Rebornpipes blog a constant reference tool. Steve has also written two articles for our upcoming Peterson book on the kinds of problems Peterson users typically run into in restoration, including advice for beginners.

This article is important for several reasons, which is why I wanted to repost it here. I wanted to wait to get the original owner’s impressions, which are now intact. Enjoy!

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I recently received an email from a friend here in Vancouver about a new Peterson Killarney 999 that he had purchased. He said that though it was a beauty and was quite a good smoking pipe it smoked so hot that he did not enjoy smoking it. He explained to me that when he smoked it the pipe became too hot to hold. He has been a pipeman for many years and never has this issue with his pipes so I knew it was not a technique issue. He explained to me that he had posted about it online seeking advice and everyone told him that it had to be the finish on the pipe. Many suggested that he needed to strip the finish off the bowl, restain it and it would be better. I have learned that there are other causes for a pipe smoking hot. All of them…

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