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Peterson Sherlock Holmes "Deerstalker" - 1987 Date Code

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First-release Sherlock Holmes "Deerstalker" 


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Peterson is an interesting brand. While many pipe collectors have any number of brands in their racks, there are a whole lot of smokers who are die-hard Peterson fans. By this, I don't mean they have a couple Petersons; I mean they smoke Petersons, and that's that. Not interested in changing, not interested in the latest and greatest, take your Dunhill and....well, you get the point.

One of the most successful series ever produced by Peterson would have to be the Sherlock Holmes series.  Originally just one pipe released in 1987, today there are two lines of seven pipes each, all different shapes.  Although the original series never had the shape name stamped on them, subsequent releases included Holmes-related names stamped on them such as "Deerstalker", "Mycroft", "Milverton" and "Baker Street".

Here we have a large smooth bent bulldog from Peterson's successful Sherlock Holmes series. This particular example is from the first release and the first series, with a very weak lazy capital B I can just make out with a loupe.  Although not stamped as such, this piece is the "Deerstalker", named after the famous hat worn by the world's greatest consulting detective.  Although not perfect, it is in very good condition with a few small issues (none of which are serious issues).

Markings read: Peterson’s, SHERLOCK HOLMES, MADE IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND. There is NO "Deerstalker" stamping.  Band is marked PETERSON’S, STERLING SILVER, with Sherlock's profile and three small hallmarks. The hallmark stampings are worn down from buffing but I can just make out the outline of the B.  Stem is original vulcanite with silver P logo.




Length: 5.82"
Bowl width: 1.57"
Bowl Height: 2.03"
Chamber dimensions: .78" across, 1.46" deep
Weight: 48 grams


9 out of 10.  Issues:  Nomenclature is mainly deep and fully readable, many areas with crisp edges, but there are a few areas where it's been buffed a bit.  The silver stampings are intact but weak here and there (again, nothing bad).  The inner rim edge shows some very slight darkening and very slight rounding, while the outer rim edge is slightly rounded.  The original stem has three very small, shallow tooth 'waves' (not indentations but more just tiny little dips where light bends around it).  Finally there are a few very small handling marks here and there.  That's really about it; all cleaned up and ready to pack and light.

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