Irish Estates: Peterson Killarney (XL339) (Fishtail)
Product Number: 004-004-9478
When discussing Peterson's signature design style, words like "muscular" and "tubular" are often used, and the Irish marque's patented System engineering in the shank is a contributing factor to such shaping, creating a more robust shank in many designs. The "XL339" bent Billiard is an excellent example of Peterson's iconic aesthetic, and it shares a similar form to the "313" System shape ("338" outside of the System series), which dates back to Peterson's first catalog in 1896. Even though the "XL339" isn't a System shape, its shank is substantial and dominant in profile, and the cylindrical bowl exemplifies that "tubular" Peterson look. It's a rarer pipe from the Irish firm, and is in essence an extra-large rendition of the "338" bent Billiard.
Like many of Peterson's lines, the Killarney takes its name from an Irish town — in this case, one located in the southwest. Introduced in 1949, the Killarney features a vivid, ruby stain, over which a lacquer finish is applied for added protection and a higher sheen. The color palette calls to mind traditional English finishes of the early 20th century, hearkening back to an era when darker stains were the norm (lighter finishes wouldn't become popular until the decade before WWII). Fitted with twin rings of nickel, the Killarney boasts a formal, vintage appeal, similar to the black-and-chrome dress pipe motif, but with a more colorful persona.-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details
Minor Rim Charring Mild Chamber Carbonizing Chamber Slightly Out Of Round Dings Around The Bowl Finish Blistering Tooth Marks
PETERSON(in script, arched)
- Length: 5.99 in./152.15 mm.
- Weight: 1.95 oz./55.34 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.02 in./51.31 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.26 in./32.00 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Billiard
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: Ireland