Peterson: Sherlock Holmes Dark Smooth Hansom P-Lip

Product Number: 002-029-44546

One of the more esoterically named shapes within Peterson's Sherlock Holmes Collection, the Hansom draws inspiration from the hansom cab, a single-horse drawn carriage designed by Joseph Hansom in 1834. An architect from York, Hansom prioritized speed and safety in his innovation, imbuing the cab with a low center of gravity so as to quickly and safely maneuver tight city corners. The carriage held two passengers, with the driver stood on the back, and was Sherlock's favorite mode of transport in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories. Peterson's Hansom, or "XL26," shape pays homage to this vehicle and the Edwardian Era in general, which saw the hansom cab used to the greatest extent following Queen Victoria's death in 1901 until 1910, when her son and successor Edward VII passed. One of the most striking of all the Sherlock Holmes Collection shapes, the Hansom poises a Stack-like Bulldog bowl on the end of a robust diamond shank, the bowl tapering dramatically from below the high-set beadlines. The design calls to mind the tall posture of the hansom cab's driver, while the S-curve resembles the reins stretching from the horse to the back of the carriage. It's a bold and muscular shape, catering well to Peterson's signature aesthetic, and the name is especially fitting as the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London (on Baker Street, of course) boasts one of the only surviving examples of the hansom cab still in use today.

Peterson introduced the Sherlock Holmes series in 1987 with a one-off design commemorating the 100th anniversary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet. Two years later, the Irish marque decided to add a new shape every six months, forming what would eventually become the 18-pipe Sherlock Holmes collection. Each pipe in the collection also showcases Peterson's exemplary silverwork — the firm being renowned for its application of sterling silver, with the Sallynoggin factory's smiths having completed a years-long mentorship stewarded by Peterson's senior craftsmen. The Sherlock Holmes line boasts broad accent bands of the regal metal, etched with the collection's logo, contrasted here against a smoky contrast stain to accentuate the briar's gorgeous grain.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.54 in./140.72 mm.
  • Weight: 2.00 oz./56.70 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.41 in./61.21 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.70 in./43.18 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Bulldog
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Ireland
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