Here's a meerschaum pipe I just got, made from a fellow named I. Baglan. I have no idea whether or not this guy is reputable, but I had a look through some of his other carvings and they seemed to be pretty good quality when compared to a lot of other cheaper options out there. There were quite a few heads, skulls, etc. which were pretty interesting and well done, but this eagle claw seemed to have more detail than most and I liked the design, so I went for it. Mostly on a gut instinct, so hopefully it works out. The pipe was not too cheap, but it was not so crazy either. It says in the listing that it is made from block meerschaum, but aside from a couple of crude tests that may or may not work, how can you really know anyway? I don't have a bucket of cheap pressed meerschaum pipes to compare it to. Hopefully he is reputable and it is genuine.
Does anyone know much about this pipe carver? I don't feel like I got ripped off, and I'd pay for it again, but I'm just curious to know what others might know about him and the value of this pipe. Hopefully it smokes well for a few decades!