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Meerschaum or White Briar?

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    Hey guys, I know I haven't been around a while, I was finishing up semester and this is the first time since I was done with finals I can think straight, but anyhow I got an estate pipe the other day and it is white. Now at first I thought it was white briar, but upon closer inspection I realized it has a plastic screw in stem, like Meers. Then to top it off I sanded some of it to see if I could hit the wood, but to no effect. Then just to make me think it was a briar it has cake on the inner walls, but very little only on the top the rest of the bowl is darkened, but not the same way briars darken, I would add pics but I don't have the time or camera right now, I will in a while or so, but if anyone can give me tips on how to identify if it is a meer or not that would be a great help.
    Merry Christmas
    ~Ron

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    Without a picture it is hard to say, but it sounds like it could be a meerschaum.

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    I know right now I'm at a family get together and don't have my pipe on me, sorry about that.
    ~Ron

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    Ok I was able to get pictures, but only from my Iphone camera so here they are.



    Sorry about the quality, also if it helps I just found out that the inside of the bowl is ribbed and I have never seen this on a briar pipe.
    ~Ron

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    Hİ Ron,

    At first sight, It looks like a meerschaum from here What about colorization of the sides of the Pipe? If this pipe is old so i expect color change from white to brown.

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    Meer mate.

    If at first you don't succeed, have another bowl.
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    It's a meerschaum.

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    Yep, meer...

    "the weez"...
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    I would be surprised if it isn't a Meer. A white briar would show wear differently. I feel
    like I can tell the Meer sound versus the briar sound by tapping a pipe with my fingernail,
    but I don't own a Meer, so this is from limited experiences, admiring friend's Meers and
    at the pipe shop. I avoid Meers -- having too many pipes already, and a new pipe cabinet
    on the way.

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    Thanks guys the coloring on the pipe is minimal and only some on top of the bowl that I mistook it for char.
    ~Ron

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    I would go with meer, only companies that I know of that made white painted briar pipes were weber and kaywoodie.

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    So since then I have discover and know fully that it is a meer, now how does one clean the stem can I oxi clean it like regular stems or do I need to do something different.
    ~Ron

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