Friday, 3 September 2010

English Made Peterson Pipes.

English made Peterson pipes actually spanned between the pre-Republic and Republic eras. In 1895, Peterson opened a shop in London England that lasted until the late 1960s. So the English Era, for a simplified date, will be from 1895 through to around1970. The stamps Peterson used in London and that we have seen are:
Made in England - block format
Made in England - circle format
Made in London
Made in London England
Simply, London England
Great Britain
Note. If the pipe is stamped Dublin and London, it is a Dublin made pipe. If the stamping is London and Dublin, it was made in London.
Though there are a couple of more, the above will give one the general idea. We believe the earliest stamp of this era was the "Made in England" in a block format since Peterson was using the "Made in Ireland" block format at about the same time on their Irish production pipes. The "Made in England" circle format was used during the same time frame as the "Made in Eire" and "Made in Ireland" circle formats.
As one can see this is pretty straightforward but there have been inconsistencies within this method of stamping. Peterson was never very energetic in removing their old stamps from the work stations so the older stamps can and did cross-over into the newer Era's.

Some Peterson smokers in the know prefer the smoking quality of the Peterson London factory pipes over those produced in Dublin.

The London office and Factory was located at 74/77 White Lion Street.There is some speculation as to when it may have closed and stopped production. I have copies of two English Peterson pipe catalogues,one is dated 1962 and the later one is dated 1965.
Here are some sample pages from those.

Here are a few of my London made Peterson pipes.

First one is a beautiful elegant shaped 1940 'Kapet' Rhodesian bent bulldog.

Second is an unsmoked premier 150 shape bulldog.

Next an unsmoked 440 premier 1950

Another unsmoked 1950 premier X105.


  1. Beautiful pipes, Jim. And another very informative article. Well done!

  2. A note. If the pipe is stamped Dublin and London, it is a Dublin made pipe. If the stamping is London and Dublin, it was made in London.

  3. Thanks guys,
    Chuck I have amended the omission.Well spotted.

  4. Great job, Jim! Especially fascinating!

  5. I just bought a - 1950s 440 Republic of Ireland, never smoked, a darker grain than the one you have pictured, original box/ advert sleeve and plastic peterson pipe bag... Its for sale for anyone intersted kvnnagel at yahoodotcom.