By Al Jones
This tired Peterson 999 Sterling showed up on eBay, with four very poor, dark photos, sold by a non-pipe vendor who didn’t take returns. These auctions always carry a bit of risk with them. However, the pipe appeared solid enough that I took the risk.
I was quite pleased opening the well-packaged pipe. The stem was solid, and the bowl showed no structural issues. Sterling grade Petersons often come with faux hallmarks, and sure enough, that was the case. I was quite pleased to see the round “Made In Ireland” country of manufacture stamp that was used for a short period of time from approximately 1945 to 1947. The rest of the nomenclature was solid.
Below is the pipe as it was received.
The pipe had heavy oxidation, two teeth indention’s and some chatter underneath the P-lip button. The silver band was heavily oxidized and the bowl top had some mild build-up.
I used my reamer set to remove the mild cake, and found the bowl interior to be in excellent condition. The bowl was then soaked with sea salt and alcohol. I used a micromesh sheet to remove the build-up on the bowl top.
Following the soak, I mounted the stem to restore it. I used a lighter to lift out the two teeth indention’s. The oxidation and chatter was removed with 600, 800, 1500 and 2000 grade wet sandpaper, followed by 8000 and 12000 grade micromesh sheets. The oxidation around the P-lip button was particularly stubborn, and I wrapped paper around a small needle file to completely remove it from the profile. The stem was then buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish.
I used some Stainless polishing creme to remove the tarnish on the band. The band sits a millimeter below the end of the shank. It has picked up a few handling marks over 70 plus years, but I think they add to the character of the pipe and no doubt they were well earned.
I’m very pleased to add this one to my Peterson collection. Below is the finished pipe.
Weight: 63 grams