Peterson: Christmas 2020 Tankard Fishtail

Product Number: 002-029-56215

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 pipe smokers devoting them to flake tobaccos. Presented here is the sturdy Tankard shape, being essentially a more svelte and streamlined take on the sure-sitting Poker design — with this particular one dressed in the concise sandblast and copper mount of the Christmas 2020 series.

Peterson has released an annual, special-edition Christmas pipe to commemorate the holiday season every year since 2009. Presented in a variety of the marque's most popular shapes, each year's edition focuses on a unique, singular finish, inspired by or evocative of the season. For 2020, Peterson has returned to the warm, fireside aesthetic championed in previous editions, complete with a rich, dark stain, copper army mount and a cumberland-patterned acrylic stem. Further elevating the Yuletide aesthetic, 2020's edition features a craggy sandblasted finish, once again showcasing the marque's artisan-style sandblasting equipment. It makes for a gorgeous display of this pipe's grain in stunning relief, making it a welcome companion not only for the winter months but year round, offering appealing texture in hand and a timeless color palette.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.13 in./130.30 mm.
  • Weight: 1.10 oz./31.18 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.78 in./45.21 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.40 in./35.56 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.15 in./29.21 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Ireland
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