I recently purchased a new pipe and I'm wondering if it is Briar or Meerschaum. I only have reason to believe that it may be a Meerschaum because of a picture that I saw... so a stupid reason. My friend said that he believes it is almost certainly Briar. We're looking for more opinions and figure that someone here will know absolutely. The brand is Bennington. On another note, it's a fantastic pipe and I love it very much!