Originally released as part of Peterson’s Original Sherlock Holmes collection (1989-1991), this three-quarter bent Billiard was designed by senior craftsman Paddy Larrigan. An extra large take on the classic shape, it features a deep fire hole and hearty proportions, belied by a slight lift to the heel and a subtle sweeping gesture to the transition.
About the Series
The Sherlock Holmes Dark Rusticated line presents all Peterson’s fabled, Sherlock-inspired shapes in a rugged, earthy rustication, accented by broad sterling silver bands and traditional, jet-black stems.
About the Range
In 1987, Peterson released a special commemorative pipe to celebrate the 100th anniversary of A Study in Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s first novel in the Sherlock Holmes universe, originally published in the November 1887 issue of Beeton’s Christmas Annual. The pipe was a tubular, almost trumpeting Calabash shape: an XL version of the 305(b) System first designed by Peterson’s senior craftsman, Paddy Larrigan. That design is better known today as the Original.
Before his retirement, Paddy Larrigan went on to create the prototypes for each of the seven shapes in the Original Sherlock Holmes Collection, released between 1989 and 1991, all of which were inspired by people, places, or important artifacts from Doyle’s stories. Continuing with that theme, Peterson followed those first Sherlock Holmes designs with The Return of Sherlock Holmes line (1992-1997), ushering in an additional seven original shapes, as well as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series (2011), in which they added an additional four signature models.
Collectively, these pieces would comprise one of Peterson’s most popular and sought-after series, one they still produce today in a variety of finishes, all banded with sterling silver and stamped with the series’ logo, itself inspired by a silhouette of Basil Rathbone with a 4AB System (Large Dutch Billiard) clenched between his teeth.