Victory Pipes is thrilled to be one of a select number of stores offering this year’s selection of Peterson St. Patrick’s Day Pipes. They are in limited supply so don’t delay when considering your purchase.
About The Series
Since 1998, Peterson has released an annual special edition St. Patrick’s Day line, presenting a number of their most popular shapes in a festive, distinctly Irish finish unique to the year. The 2023 edition celebrates the 25th anniversary of the special-edition line with an homage to the very first St. Patrick’s Day pipe. This year’s edition presents Peterson’s beloved Classic Range shapes in our signature Rusticated finish, topped by the same accent of brass and tri-coloured acrylic that dressed their very first edition.
About The Shape
Originally released as part of Peterson’s Original Sherlock Holmes collection (1989-1991), this fully bent Rhodesian was designed by senior craftsman Paddy Larrigan from a sketch made by his dear friend Mario Lubinski. A hybridised shape, it combines elements of the Oom Paul and Calabash and serves as a partner to the extra large, trumpeting Calabash of the Original, designed by Paddy in 1987.
About The Range
In addition to their regular production ranges, Peterson also offer a number of limited-edition series unique to each year. These lines celebrate their rich history and tradition of craftsmanship, often looking to the past in order to innovate for tomorrow. From their annual Saint Patrick’s Day and Christmas Pipe series to the singular Pipe of the Year models, these pieces are crafted for true Peterson collectors and enthusiasts.
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.