Peterson: Sandblasted Amber Stem Spigot (221)
Product Number: 002-029-53399
The Cara series from Peterson presents the classic ebony and silver dress pipe motif. Like a formal tuxedo, the black finish is contrasted elegantly by a sterling silver band at the shank end, the crisp flash of silver accentuated further by the stummel's sandblasted texture. The Irish marque is renowned for its use of sterling — an accenting material that's been intertwined with pipe making for over a century — and each silversmith spends years mentoring under the factory's senior craftsmen, having developed a decades long tradition of quality silverwork. The Cara series, named after the Irish word for "friend," boasts the classic, stylish aesthetic all at an impressively accessible price point for silver-accented pieces, making for a true smoking companion.
Along with their signature shaping style, Peterson of Dublin is renowned for their silverwork. The journey of becoming a Peterson silversmith requires years of training and personal mentorship from the factory's senior craftsmen, and the superlative results testify to such a demanding, lengthy process — each worker having engineered his own mandrel to the extent that every metal accoutrement made is imprinted with the subtle, personal style of the one who machined it. Peterson's Spigot line best showcases the Irish marque's signature silver treatment, fitting sterling silver around both the shank end and stem base in a spigot mount arrangement. The construction provides further reinforcement and durability and highlights even more sterling silver than would be used for a standard military mount. Presented here in the Sandblasted Spigot finish, the flashy, regal metal is contrasted by the dark-stained finish, which offers a crisp, concise texture in hand, and fitted to a mouthpiece of genuine amber (as well as a more durable, travel-friendly one of jet-black acrylic).
Note: Genuine amber stems were characteristic of some of the earliest briar pipes, dating back to the 1800s, and they're more delicate than other mouthpiece materials. Take care when removing the stem, and remove by gripping the silver tenon rather than the actual amber itself. Also, while thinner, regular pipe cleaners will work fine, avoid extra fluffy or bristled cleaners, as they might damage the amber. When cleaning use only a small amount of alcohol if needed, do not buff, soak, or clean the amber stem with anything abrasive. We also recommend avoiding clenching or holding these pipes in your teeth, again to prevent damage to the vintage amber. As with vulcanite, amber stems also should not be left in direct sunlight.-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 4.94 in./125.48 mm.
- Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.36 in./34.54 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
- Stem Material: Other
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Billiard
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: Ireland