The pipe is marked with the “K&P” stamp over “Peterson” with no hallmarks on the army mount silver band. The stummel is marked “Peterson System Standard” and “Made in the Republic of Ireland”. “303”. The stem is of the “P-lip” type.
According to the sources I have available, the pipe was made after 1949 but is the right design for a Peterson 303 from the middle nineteen sixties. This pipe then, is about 45 years old. It needed very little cleaning, looks to have been smoked about two or three times and then simply put away. There are no marks, dents, nicks or other damage anywhere, no teeth marks on the stem and no marks in the bowl that indicate reaming out even though the bowl was free of “cake”. Altogether, it is in remarkably good, almost near perfect, condition.
The stem was badly oxidised but after sanding and polishing, it came up like new. It smokes very well and I am going to have get used to the Peterson system whereby any moisture occurring in the pipe during smoking is trapped in a well at the base of the bowl under the airway. This requires a little extra attention when cleaning the pipe but it certainly gives a drier smoke and may therefore be well worth the extra care I need to give it.
Not the largest pipe in my collection, but sure to be a favourite, I like the simple, yet elegant, lines of it. A classic little standard pipe that easily fits in my pocket, I am glad I finally own it.