The Peterson spigot story is an interesting one, told in the book through both the company’s history and interviews with its current and retired artisans. I won’t spoil it for you here except to say it goes back almost to the company’s beginning, then was lost to the tides of fashion for over fifty years before making a slow but steady comeback in the last decades of the twentieth century. While the System pipe may be in decline, the spigot certainly is not, so much so that it’s become the visual icon for the company’s twenty-first century profile in much the same way the System pipe was for the twentieth century.
The Craftsman Line spigots have obviously been a great success for the company, leading the way for the new Caramel (or “Champagne”) Spigot line just now hitting e-tailers in the U.S., and the promise of the Roundstone Spigots to come. If you don’t have one, there’s never been better time.