Refurbishing a Peterson Bullcap that Doesn’t Exist

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away. – Philip K. Dick Today’s post is a bit of a head-scratcher, not for the intricacies of the refurbishment, which went rather smoothly, but for the mystery surrounding the pipe’s provenance. If one handles enough estate pipes, inevitably one comes across a pipe that defies easy identification. I’ve dealt with a few … Continue reading Refurbishing a Peterson Bullcap that Doesn’t Exist

Rehabilitating Another Pre-Republic Peterson Shamrock

A few weeks ago I wrote about restoring a Pre-Republic Peterson Shamrock Canadian; I acquired this Shape 120 Dublin at the same time. This Shamrock was in about the same shape as its brother had been before I worked on it – dirty, with a heavily oxidized P-lip stem and a thick crust of lava covering the entire rim. The stem, showing a fair amount … Continue reading Rehabilitating Another Pre-Republic Peterson Shamrock

Cleaning Up a Pre-Republic (?) Peterson Shamrock 263 P-Lip Canadian

A lucky eBay bid brought a pair of Shamrock pipes to me a few months ago. This is the first of the pair, a Pre-Republic 263 Canadian with a P-Lip stem. Shamrock is a seconds brand of Peterson which, to my mind, presents excellent value for dollar if you are willing to overlook one or two more obvious fills in the briar. This pipe had … Continue reading Cleaning Up a Pre-Republic (?) Peterson Shamrock 263 P-Lip Canadian

Freshening a Pre-Republic Peterson Shamrock 120F

This pipe was sent to me for refurbishment from a gentleman in Kansas. He had recently acquired it and wanted it spruced up before he started using it himself. After a brief email conversation, we agreed on a plan of action and before too long a box arrived at my door with this Shamrock inside. The pipe was in pretty good shape, though definitely showing … Continue reading Freshening a Pre-Republic Peterson Shamrock 120F