About The Series
The Donegal Rocky is the first line of rusticated pipes Peterson produced. Since its debut in 1945, its craggy texture and two-toned stain have become synonymous with a Peterson rusticated pipe. The Peterson Donegal Rocky Shape 406 Tobacco Pipe is an excellent example of this series.
About The Shape
Peterson’s signature take on the timeless Prince design, this shape combines the traditional archetype’s long, slightly downturned stem with a stout, squat bowl and a shank that’s decidedly trimmer than their usual fare. Perfect for those with a predisposition towards Anglo-French proportions.
About The Range
Since their inception, Peterson has offered a range of specific tiers suited to customers’ tastes and price requirements. The Classic range represents non-System pipes crafted for the Everyman, unique and timeless designs that capture Peterson’s 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.