However, later in this period, say around 1915/16, Peterson began stamping their pipes “Made in Ireland” in a block format. Peterson now stamped their pipes with “Made in Eire” in a circle format with “Made” and “Eire” in a circle with the “in” located in the center of the circle. • English made Peterson pipes actually spans between the pre-Republic and Republic eras.• The Irish Free State was formed on 15 January 1922. In 1895, Peterson opened a shop in London England that lasted until the late 1950s or early 1960s.
Why the switch from “Made in Eire” to “Made in Ireland” is anyone’s guess since the country was still technically Eire until 1949.As a point of interest and due to the shortage of briar, Peterson did make clay and Bog Oak pipes during the war years though they had ceased clay pipe production in the Patent Era and Bog Oak production back in the early 1930s.The “Made in Ireland” block format (above) can be another headache in dating Peterson pipes since this stamp was used in the late Patent Era as well as the late 1940s.His work has been taken up by Mark Irwin and Gary Malmberg who are currently working on a book on entitled, The History of the Kapp & Peterson Company and their system pipes.According to the Briar Books Press website the book’s release has been pushed back to Christmas 2015.As a pipe refurbisher who has worked on and restored many older Peterson pipes over the years and a researcher who likes to understand the brands of pipes I work on I have always been amazed at how little there is on the history of the brand.