Peterson: Churchwarden Smooth Calabash Fishtail

Product Number: 002-029-44415

In Peterson's 1945 catalog, the Irish marque introduced four Specialty shapes: the Barrel, Tankard, Calabash, and Belgique. The line forgoes Peterson's conventional stamping and shaping cues. Each design receives a name rather than a shape number, and the whole lineup is united by a slender, petite disposition — a stark contrast to the robust, muscular aesthetic that dominates the Irish firm's portfolio. These are the smallest, most lightweight designs Peterson has to offer, and they've been popular favorites over the past 70+ years, with many pipesmokers devoting them to flake tobaccos. Presented here is the curvaceous Calabash shape, defined by a curled and flaring Dublin-like bowl.

Peterson first introduced Churchwarden pipes in 1945, the long, willowy profiles inherently forgoing the muscular aesthetic that has come to define the Irish marque's approach to pipe design. Such length is much more suited to extended, relaxing smoking sessions, however, the stem allowing for minimal movement while smoking in an armchair. It's for this reason that Churchwardens are often preferred while reading, the Germans going so far as to translate "Churchwarden" as Lesepfeife, which literally means "reading pipe." Slender and lightweight, Peterson's Churchwardens may not be convenient pocket pipes, but they more than make up for it in the comfortable smoking posture they promote — with this particular one dressed in a conservative, auburn stain, similar to the smooth, traditional finish of Peterson's Aran line, and accented with a regal nickel band.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 9.48 in./240.79 mm.
  • Weight: 0.80 oz./22.68 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.59 in./40.39 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.36 in./34.54 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.66 in./16.76 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.07 in./27.18 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Churchwarden
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Ireland
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