Please be aware that the Missouri Meerschaum Pipe Company is the ONLY U.S. Manufacturer of corn cob pipes. While you may find old/vintage corn cob pipes on eBay from other defunct US brands, all other pipes which are being marketed as new corn cob pipes are manufactured in communist China from poor quality corn cobs. One Chinese brand even has the nerve to call itself “Original Corn Cob Pipes"!
A few Chinese pipes that you might want to be aware of are being sold under the names:
"Classic CORN COB tobacco Smoking Pipe with FREE Screens". FYI: Screens are not used for smoking tobacco...
"Popeye Corn Cob Pipe" This one makes me laugh. The seller even has a YouTube clip from the Robin Williams "POPEYE" movie. The problem is that Robin's pipes were made for the movie by Missouri Meerschaum!
“Original Corn Cob Pipes" As mentioned above, this pipe comes from a plant in China that didn't even exist a few years ago, while the true ORIGINAL corn cob pipes are made by Missouri Meerschaum in Washington, Missouri USA, and have been since the 1880's!
Another trend that pipe buyers needs to know is that used corn cob pipes are being sold as “estate pipes” and some are being promoted as “refurbished”. What's really amazing is that many of these used pipes are selling for substantially more than new pipes. When in doubt if the pipe is new or used, ask the seller before you bid.
As inexpensive as original American Made Missouri Meerschaum pipes are, there’s no reason to settle for used or cheap imitation pipes. ‘Nuff said.