Is this a real Missouri Meerschaum?

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So as I was walking in to my local convenience store I was greeted by a small green wall rack with cobs on it claiming they were "MISSOURI MEERSCHAUM: THE ORIGINAL SMOKING PIPE." The sign looked pretty cheesey, but I was in the market for a new cob so I checked them out and bought what appears to be a Missouri Meerschaum Washington.

They had the MM sticker on the bottom of the bowl and were only $5.99 so I figured why not? The thing is, the pipe I bought is nothing like my first MM that I had lost. You see, there's no smooth finish on the bowl; its simply a soft, flakey, and brittle outside. There's a crack along a small portion of the top of the bowl, so I know that small piece will eventually fall off and the rim of the bowl will have what will look like a bite mark. Inside the bowl the shank (may have the wrong term) isn't centered at the bottom. and there seems to be solidified drops of glue on bowl wall.

The pipe doesn't feel poorly constructed and the air flow is good. I've simply never seen an MM like this and thought you guys might know better. Did MM change their finishes for 2013? Are these no-name pipes MM put out? Maybe factory defects? Are these cheapo knock-offs? Thoughts?

Here are some crappy cell phone pictures of the pipe:

Not centered shank: http://imgur.com/eksM0Sf

Brittle, unfinished outside: http://imgur.com/sS91sO3

Whole pipe: http://imgur.com/U9D5Doi
 
#8
Just checked MM's website and those who said it was the Pride is correct. The Pride has what they call a "natural" bowl, which is what I had never seen. Now that I know it's real, I kinda like it! Makes me feel like it's 1890.
 

davidmackv

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Like others said, it is natural finish without plaster. I couldn't decide on which McArthur pipe to get, so I got both, natural and plastered.
 

MacNutz

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A lot of guys prefer those naked pipes. I decided to do the same as David, buy one each of the MacArthur pipes and see what sort of difference that MM plaster makes, relative to the neked one.
 
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