Orlik pipe dating
Though for our purposes we will list this era as 1875 through 1922. Later they stamped their pipes with “Made in Ireland” in a circle format (1945? ) and still later with “Made in Ireland” in a block format (1947? The “Made in Ireland” block format came in either one line or two lines. The Republic of Ireland was formed on 17 April 1949.Peterson pipes made during the majority of this period had no “Country of Manufacture” (COM) stamped on them. From 1949 to present the stamp for this era is “Made in the Republic of Ireland” in a block format generally in three lines but two lines have been used with or without Republic being abbreviated.As one can see this is pretty straightforward but there have been inconsistencies within this method of stamping.Peterson was never very energetic in removing their old stamps from the work stations so the older stamps can and did cross-over into the newer Era’s.Should you wish to read more on the history of the Irish, I recommend “The Story of the Irish Race” by Seamus Mac Manus who gives a very vivid, and near as we can tell an accurate portrayal of their history.History pertinent to our purposes began in the year 1865; the year Charles Peterson opened a small tobacco shop in Dublin.The explanation for the question marks in the 1940’s dates is, during the Second World War briar was hard to come by for obvious reasons, so no one can say for sure what years Peterson produced briar pipes and how many briar pipes were produced in those years.Why the switch from “Made in Eire” to “Made in Ireland” is anyone’s guess since the country was still technically Eire until 1949.
Mike died in 2009, following a long battle with cancer.Mike directed me to this article of his on and later sent me a copy of the piece he had written.It became my go to piece when seeking information on Petersons.So for the purpose of this dating guide, we will study Irish history, relevant to our pipe dating needs, from 1870s until now.Before we start with this Peterson dating guide, an observation; the Kapp Brothers were making pipes as early as the 1850s and in many of the shapes we now associate with Peterson since the Kapp Brothers simply took their existing shapes and incorporated Charles Peterson’ s patented design into them.