On January 24, I bought a meerschaum on eBay that required shipping directly from Turkey. After reading some horror stories here about ordering meers from Turkey, I was holding my breath. The pipe was only $59 -- which included shipping, a case, and a plastic stand -- so I had all kinds of worries: Would it be a miniature pipe? Would it arrive broken? Would I even get the pipe shape/design I ordered?
Well, I'm very happy to say that the pipe arrived today. It is exactly what I ordered, and it is in perfect shape. Here's a photo:
The only thing left to evaluate is its smokeability. Time to try my first bowl!