Friday, 30 April 2010

Another old Peterson...

Just arrived today, my latest Peterson system pipe, an old sandblasted System Premier 313. The hallmark on the silver band is very worn but appears to be the G for 1974.

The stem is rather chewed but it should clean up just fine and the bowl seems to be in excellent condition. The job for the bank holiday weekend will be to give this pipe a good spiffing. Once that is done I expect it will smoke as well as my smooth System Premier 313.

Update: I've replaced the stem with suitable system standard stem (and stored the original away in a labelled bag). The pipe sits much more comfortably in the mouth now.

This brings my set of 313s to four, a Standard smooth, a Standard rustic, a Premier smooth (my birth year pipe - 1956) and the new Premier sandblast. The two Standards are both "Early Replublic", dating from between 1949 and 1963 judging by the faux hallmarks on the nickel band.

I guess a System Deluxe 8s will complete the job. One like the one on the left will do nicely.


  1. Hello,

    A few days back I managed to get my hands on a 313 rustic standard. After reading this blog I've got a question.

    I'm pretty sure that it's also a early republican pipe, but how can i know it was made before 1963? Did Peterson's stop using the faux hallmarks in that year? I could not find that information in the "rule of thumb article". Maybe you can help me.

    Greetings from the Netherlands.


  2. Hi Robb

    That's pretty much it - they stopped using the faux hallmarks in the early 60s. I'm sure there is more information in Jim Lilley's writings in the Pipedia wiki:

    Well worth a read if you aren't familiar already.