Is this a real Missouri Meerschaum?

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  1. ToaccJoe

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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
     


  2. JoeSmall

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    Looks real
     
  3. DGErwin11

    DGErwin11 Moderator Moderator

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    That is the Missouri Pride. I actually think it may be the most under appreciated of all their models.
     
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  4. ruffinogold

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    It's one without plaster is all . I forget the name ... Eaton , I think . there are a few without plaster .
     
  5. DGErwin11

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    Pay attention to your elders, hillbilly:old:
     
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    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

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    We posted at the same time ... your right , I think it's a pride . The Eaton is a tiny one , I think
     
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  8. ToaccJoe

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    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.
     
  9. DGErwin11

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    Why do ya'll doubt the "Cob Father" as Woody calls me?:msty:
     
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    Well, ya are getting older and sometimes the mind tends to...well...never mind. :whis:
    Yah you guys, why doubt the Cob Father? :fpalm:
     
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  11. DGErwin11

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    Berg junior.
     
  12. Tony Bybee

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    why questin it.? Lite that sucker up. :csmile:
     
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  13. BradNTX

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    Joe, if you want a smooth surface, check out the 5th Ave Diplomat or the Country Gentleman. Both killer MM's.
     
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  14. SouthBound

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    You're gonna love that sucker. Those au naturel MMs are cool smokers.
     
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  15. ToaccJoe

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    Smoking it right now. when I first started smoking a pipe I didn't like my cob; wanted something more elegant. A few briars later I ask myself what I was thinking. Easiest pipe to smoke, hands down.
     
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  16. Lucky Duck

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    My first MM was just like this MO. Pride. One of the best pipes I've ever owned. I gave it away.....call it propagation of the faith, if you will.
     
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  17. 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.
     
  18. KingsTarantula

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    That looks like a mighty nice MM to me! smoke it up and enjoy it!:bing:
     
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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.
     
  20. Skrymr

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    Missouri Pride is my favorite Missouri Meerschaum, bar none. Enjoy it!
     
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