Mark Twain. An Irish American Beauty.
This is one Peterson I thought I would never own. Named after the American author, the father of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, this pipe was mainly made for the American market. Occasionally they are to be found for sale on E-bay, which is where I found this one.
It is from the 1983-84 series, the hallmarking dates it to 1984. This was the last series produced. Basically a system pipe with a spigot stem, this pipe is decorated with a broad silver cap over the stem.The band is marked “Peterson” over “Sterling Silver” and holds the usual hallmarks.
The bowl is stamped “Peterson’s” over “Mark Twain” on the port side and “Made in the Republic of Ireland” on the starboard. This pipe can hardly be described as having a straight grain but it does have some beautiful markings and considerable bird’s eye. The bowl measures Ø 22 mm by 37 mm deep.
This is probably one of the best smoking pipes I have ever owned. I paid a good price for it, $100.oo, and have never regretted it. If I ever get the chance to purchase a second, I will.