Peterson: Christmas 2021 Sherlock Holmes Heritage Lestrade Fishtail

Product Number: 002-029-70565

The Lestrade of Peterson's iconic Sherlock Holmes collection is named after the energetic Scotland Yard inspector G. Lestrade, a highly respected member of the famous force and one of the best — mainly because Sherlock allowed him to take credit for successful deductions he made in cases. However, Lestrade was well-established in his own right, quickly rising through the ranks over the years thanks to his professionalism. In Peterson's homage, the Lestrade, also known as the "XL23," takes the form of a full-bodied, deeply bent Apple. It's highly reminiscent of the marque's "XL02," with its muscularity and thick transition highlighting the determination and resilience of the famed detective. The full bend makes the bulbous bowl easily manageable when clenching the pipe, while said bowl also fills the palm effortlessly with its plump proportions.

Peterson has released a limited-edition Christmas pipe series every year since 2009, and 2021's release is based on an idea that Ted Swearingen suggested several years prior. Ted is the Chief Operating Officer for Laudisi Enterprises, which supervises Peterson, and he's been inextricably involved with Smokingpipes for over a decade, not to mention the other facets related to Laudisi. At the Dortmund pipe show in 2019, Ted posed to Josh Burgess, managing Director of Peterson, the idea of doing a Peterson Christmas series comprising Sherlock Holmes shapes instead of the Irish marque's standard, numbered designs. Ted and Josh agreed that the established use of copper on Peterson's Christmas pipes — a convention since 2018 — would work especially well on Sherlock Holmes shapes, maintaining Peterson's reputation for quality metalwork but with a warm, comforting motif befitting the Christmas theme. The aesthetic conjures images of a Victorian Christmas, with Holmes and Watson smoking pipes by the hearth, and Peterson's Christmas 2021 series is also the first to feature more than one finish: a sandblast, a rustication, or the smooth Heritage finish. This particular example is found in the lattermost's smooth texture and smoky stain, offering just the right amount of grain definition and highlighting the copper accent band, and it's fitted to an acrylic stem instead of the Holmes collection's typical use of vulcanite. Furthermore, this piece comes complete with a black, leather pipe stand exclusive to the Christmas 2021 release and marked by Peterson's iconic Sherlock Holmes logo.

Note: While this specific Peterson pipe has been photographed individually like our other pipes, the Peterson-branded leather stand accompanying it has not, and the pipe representing its use may or may not be the one offered on this listing.

-Jeffery Sitts

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.31 in./134.87 mm.
  • Weight: 3.20 oz./90.72 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.88 in./47.75 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.42 in./36.07 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.00 in./50.80 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Ireland
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