Refreshing a NOS 2012 Peterson’s Pipe of the Year Diplomat


Blog by Steve Laug

Not too long ago I went for coffee with a friend of mine who used to own a pipe shop. He had some pipes to sell and wanted me to have a look. He wanted me to offer them for sale on rebornpipes. This is the third pipe of the lot that he sent home with me. It was a New Old Stock (NOS) unsmoked, Peterson’s Pipe of the Year for 2012. The 2012 Peterson Pipe of the Year continues the tradition of using the then new “B Line” shapes. It is a bit of hybrid shape that combines a stout bodied Brandy shape with a Diplomat shape. It has a flattened bottom on the bowl that enables the pipe to sit. It features a squat bowl with oval shank. This smooth finished pipe has the traditional Peterson reddish brown staining and the use of higher graded briar shows through. The vulcanite, saddle stem is matched with a (0.925 sterling) silver band embossed with the Peterson “P” on the top side and embossed hallmarks identifying the year of the pipe on the underside of the band. The smooth finish version is numbered and comes packaged in the 2012 grey box. The vulcanite stem was a fishtail style stem rather than a P-lip. The pipe is highly collectible. The photos below show the packaging and what I saw when I opened the box and removed it from the green Peterson’s of Dublin pipe sock. I took it out of the box and took photos to show the condition. You can see that the finish is flawless with some nice grain around the bowl. The silver band is tarnished but undamaged. It has a large cursive Peterson’s P on the top of the oval band and hallmark stamps on the underside that matches the 2012 year. The bowl inside was polished and smooth. It was indeed unused. The stem was flawless and there was no oxidation or discolouration to be detected. There were no marks on the stem also showing that it was unused. The airway in the shank and the stem were clean and polished. It is stamped on the topside of the shank Peterson’s with the old forked P arched over Dublin. On the underside it is stamped LIMITED EDITION over 534/1000 indicating that this is the 534 pipe out of a total of 1000 pipes that had been made for the POY 2012. The pipe is a beauty and the silver will really stand out once it is polished and cleaned.

The measurements of the pipe are as follows – Length: 5.47 in./138.94 mm, Weight: 1.90 oz./53.86 g, Bowl Height: 1.56 in./39.62 mm, Chamber Depth: 1.25 in./31.75 mm,   Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm, Outside Diameter: 1.79 in./45.47 mm. I took some close up photos of the rim, bowl and underside of the bowl to show the condition of the pipe. You can see the tarnish on the band but you can also see the P on the topside and the hallmarks on the underside. I would be better able to read the hallmarks once I had removed the tarnish on the silver. The fishtail stem was in perfect condition and had a rich shine to vulcanite. I polished the silver band using a jeweler’s cloth and rubbed the band until the silver shone and the tarnish was gone.I took some close up photos of the shank and band to show the stamping on both. I did some hunting for information on the 2012 POY and could not find any hallmark charts that went beyond 2010. I am working with the assumption that the markings on the silver band match the stamping on the pipe and the mark on the box. The pipe has the standard Peterson’s Hallmarks. The first mark is the Hibernia which identifies the country of origin as Ireland. The second mark is .925 which is the fineness mark denoting the quality of the silver used. The third mark is the date mark which in this case is the cursive A which I am assuming identifies the year of manufacture as 2012 to match the date on the box and the POY 2012 designation.This beautiful pipe is a worthy addition to a Peterson’s Collector’s rack. It has stunning grain and polished silver. The combination looks really good with the black of the stem. The pipe is new old stock (NOS) and has never been smoked or even handled much since 2012. The measurements of the pipe are as follows – Length: 5.47 in./138.94 mm, Weight: 1.90 oz./53.86 g, Bowl Height: 1.56 in./39.62 mm, Chamber Depth: 1.25 in./31.75 mm, Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm, Outside Diameter: 1.79 in./45.47 mm. I am adding it to the rebornpipes store shortly. If you would like to add it to your collection let me know via email to slaug@uniserve.com or send me a message on Facebook. Thanks for looking.

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