This new pipe design is the now famous Peterson Patented System Smoking Pipe.By 1890, Kapp & Peterson was the most respected pipe and tobacco manufacturer in Ireland and rapidly gaining followers in England and America.In 1898 another of Peterson's remarkable inventions became available, the Peterson-Lip (P-Lip) mouthpiece, also known as the Steck mouthpiece.
Introduction The history of Ireland is an old and honorable one; steeped in warfare, family, racial and religious traditions.
However, the first couple of millennia of Irish history have no relevance to this dating guide.
Should you wish to read more on the history of the Irish, I recommend "The Story of the Irish Race" by Seumas Mac Manus who gives a very vivid, and near as we can tell, an accurate portrayal of their history.
For example; Peterson did not take up the old Country of Manufacture stamps as new ones were issued so depending on which one the various workers happen to pick up, the stamps can and do cross over the boundaries of the various Eras.
Some of the pipes of the Sherlock Holmes Series of the 1980s have pre-Republic stamps, as well as other pipes produced in 2000.
However, there will not be too many of these missed stamped pipes.For silver anomalies, see the section on silver marks.Before we start with this Peterson dating guide, an observation; the Kapp Brothers were making pipes as early as the 1850s and in many of the shapes we now associate with Peterson since the Kapp Brothers simply took there existing shapes and incorporated Charles Peterson' s patented design into them.From their inception, Kapp & Peterson's goal was to make a good smoking pipe that the ordinary, common working man could afford and we believe they have, very admirably, lived up to this.History pertinent to our purposes began in the year 1865; the year Charles Peterson opened a small tobacco shop in Dublin.Later in 1875, Charles Peterson approached the Kapp brothers, Fredrich and Heinrich, with a new pipe design and with this, a very long-lived partnership was formed, Kapp & Peterson.