Named for the Aran Islands located just off the coast of Galway, the Aran line is dressed in a rich, warm walnut stain, and smooth polished with a broad, bright nickel band.
About the Shape
Aligning with Peterson’s signature House Style, this straight Bulldog is a pert, upright rendition of the classic shape, featuring an incredibly robust, crisp diamond shank, a firm heel, and well-defined beadlines around the bowl.
About the Series
First appearing in 1965, the Aran has since become a staple of Peterson’s Classic range, offering a variety of traditional, non-System Peterson shapes at an accessible price. The Aran Smooth underlines that classic aesthetic with a warm, medium walnut stain.
About the Range
Since their inception, Peterson has offered a range of specific tiers suited to their customers’ tastes and price requirements. Their Classic range represents non-System pipes crafted for the Everyman, unique and timeless designs that capture the Peterson House Style and quality craftsmanship at a price any smoker can enjoy. Rather than relegating production to one or two lines, they offer a variety of styles, shapes, and finishes among these entry-level series, including traditional navy mounts (flush-fitting stems), P-Lip mouthpieces, and army mounts.
About Peterson of Dublin
In 1874, just one year after receiving a prize medal for his efforts at the 1873 London International Exhibition, German émigré Frederick Kapp moved his pipe retail operation from London to Dublin, Ireland, where he opened a new tobacco and pipe shop, making and selling pipes crafted from meerschaum as well as briar root, a relatively new material to the market. Within a year, Frederick employed a young Latvian woodworker named Charles Peterson to help with production and repairs.
In 1890, after 15 years of handling and repairing multitudes of pipes, and thinking critically about how to improve their design, Peterson applied for and secured a patent in his own name, titled “A certain new and useful improvement in Tobacco-Pipes,” introducing a unique system designed to wick moisture away from the smoke and deliver a fuller tobacco flavor – a design he would continue to improve over the next eight years. By 1896, after winning two gold medals at the International Tobacco Trades Exhibition in London for “Best Finished Pipe” and “Best Patent Pipe,” Charles Peterson, together with Frederick’s son Alfred Henry, had transformed the small pipe shop and smoking parlour into a budding international export factory, introducing the patented System pipe, as well as a host of other Classic designs, to the hands and minds of enthusiasts worldwide, where Kapp & Peterson has remained for generations.
As the oldest continuously operating briar pipe factory in the world, the pipe makers at Peterson have a certain tradition to uphold, a legacy of craftsmanship dating back over 150 years. Whether you’re browsing for your very first pipe or are a seasoned collector in search of a rare gem, know that every pipe in their catalogue carries with it that same preservation of tradition. A Peterson pipe isn’t just a utilitarian tool; it’s a piece of history you can carry with you in your travels, a faithful companion to accompany you through all that life offers.