Peterson Rocky Donegal 999 Restoration

By Al Jones

This Peterson 999 was the 2nd Rocky Donegal that I’ve encountered. Several years, ago, a buddy traded me for an identical pipe. That pipe came with the box and paperwork, which Mark Irwin used to date the pipe to the early 1960’s. I assume this pipe would be of the same era. The silver band is stamped K&P and Sterling Silver. The rusticated finish is very rugged and much more handsome than the modern version of that finish. This one also came with the straight aluminum stinger that was on the earlier pipe. Mark has this to say about the the first pipe:

Mark said the pipe is a Rogers import pipe which were distributed only in the US. The date hallmark, required in Ireland, wasn’t required here. According to Mark, the pamphlet was introduced in 1955 and the box design was used until 1961, when it was changed. So, Mark says the pipe is definitely from the ’55 – ’61 era. He suspects due to the stinger design in the late 50’s, but he has nothing concrete to back up that hunch. ’55 to ’61 is close enough for me. I shared this with Chuck W and he agrees with Mark. Mark added this was a “Sterling” line of US Petersons, and he doesn’t encounter many, certainly not in that nearly unsmoked condition. Having the box and Peterson pamphlet to help date the pipe were certainly rare and important factors.

The stem had some very mild teeth marks and fit perfectly. The briar was unmarked and the bowl interior was also in great shape. The silver band was mildy tarnished. Below is the pipe as it was received.

I used some silver polish to remove the tarnish on the band. The bowl was soaked with sea salt and alcohol. After the soak, the stem was mounted and teeth marks removed with 800, 1000, 1500 and 2000 grade wet paper, followed by 8000 and 12000 micromesh sheets. The stem was then polished with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish.

The briar was hand waxed with Halycon wax.

Below is the finished pipe, which is enroute to a new owner on the island of Cyprus.


2 thoughts on “Peterson Rocky Donegal 999 Restoration

  1. Paul Rawlingson

    And the new owner in Cyprus now watches anxiously the USPS Tracking system as this beautifully craggy and very different looking Petersons Rocky 999 and its traveling companion, another of Al’s expertly restored pipes a Comoy’s Grand Slam 331C travel across the U.S. and on to the Middle East before circling back to the European Unions furthest flung corner of Empire. On arrival the Cyprus Customs Service and I will dance the Fandango of newness or not and private use or not, hopefully as with the recent arrival of Al’s exhibition quality New Era GBD 9438 the Senior Customs Officer called to adjudicate will have happy memories of a pipe smoking Grandfather and show mercy. If not I’ll pay up and walk away still smiling as while money comes and goes beautiful pipes are for life and whatever remains of it.

    Deliverance and Smoking Quality report to follow.


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