Peterson Killarney Bulldog
My birthday was a bit of a wash out last year. I had been into hospital to have a cancer removed from my left ear, my wife was sick with a cold and flu and I was suffering not only from post-operation misery but had acquired a dose of pneumonia. On top of all that, I’d lost my job.
I had to go back to hospital to have the dressing replaced over my ear and my wife decided she would come along to give support in my hour of need. With the dressing changed and pronounced on the mend, I left the hospital and we began the long drive home. Passing my usual tobacconist, my wife asked me to stop and dragged me kicking and screaming into the tobacco emporium. She bought me this as a birthday present. This pipe will never leave my side. It was the only bright spot in a time of abject suffering. It smokes as good as it looks.
The pipe is 140 mm long, stands 50 mm tall and the bowl is a handsome 46 mm diameter at the extreme. The chamber is 20 mm in diameter and some 39 mm deep. The airway appears to be a generous 4,5 mm making the draw easy. This is one of those pipes that will smoke themselves.
Stampings are simple. “Peterson” over “ of Dublin” (curved stampings) over “Killarney” on the port side of the shank and “B2” on the starboard. The stem is embossed with the Peterson “P” logo. The shank is decorated with two nickel bands enclosing a black acrylic ring.
As a foot note, I must say that Petersons fishtail stems are excellent. Broad and thick at the button, they are a pleasure to have between the teeth.