This pipe was sent to me by a friend on the Brothers of Briar forum. This was his first pre-Republic Peterson and I think he chose well. The pipe was in very good shape, with some just minor stem oxidation.
Here’s the pipe as received.
The pipe is only stamped “Eire” which according to Mike Leverette’s Peterson Dating Guide, was used between 1938 and 1941. The nomenclature is weak, but visible. I’ve found that my Samsung S5 camera is the best choice for taking close-up pictures of nomenclature, as below. One day I’ll add a macro lens to my wife’s digital SLR camera.
The pipe had only the slightest cake, which was removed with a reamer bit and a piece of sandpaper wrapped around the bit. It was so clean, the owner and I decided against the alcohol and sea salt soak. I did clean the shank with alcohol and a bristle brush, but it was also very clean.
I tried to lift some of the dents with steam, but most were too deep. So, the briar was polished with white diamond and several coats of carnuba wax. The stem was soaked in a mild mixture of Oxy-Clean (dry powder mix) and then sanded with 600, 1500 and 2000 grit wet paper. 8,000 and 12,000 micromesh sheets were used next followed by a polishing with White Diamond rouge and then Meguiars Plastic Polish.
Below is the finished pipe. It still has a few bruises, but I think some patina on an old pipe is a good thing.
Update – 9/14/15
I posted this blog entry to the PipesMagazine.com forums and one member (rblood) provided this feedback regarding the date and unique Country of Manufacture (COM) stamp:
First, we know that Eire came into being in late 1937 so we can assume that as a starting point. Peterson tends to use old stampings, sometimes much later than we expect – Eire and other odd stampings possibly through 1948 from what I have seen, so that gives you a range of 1937 – 1948.
The “P” in Peterson is the old fork style, so still good on that count. Here is where it get’s interesting – The “Peterson Dublin” (with no “of”) and the single “K” in non-serif font to me points to an early Eire pipe.
Add to that the odd COM stamp. You would expect to see an Eire pipe COM in circle format with “made” on top, “in” in the center and “Eire” at the bottom of the circle. A very odd COM stamp indeed – can’t say that I have ever seen this before. I am guessing here, but it is possible that they just did not have the circle stamps ready if this was early production – That would narrow it to late 1937 – 1938 in my mind.
The stem in this era would have had the “P” stamp, not the “K” stamp – the K stamp I believe came into use with the “A Peterson Product” pipes in the 1960’s. The 1960’s pipes also got the “‘K’-Briar” stamp, not just the “K”.