Oh No! Not a Price Increase!

Yes, unfortunately, the time has come that we must increase the prices on all Missouri Meerschaum products, effective October 1st.  Our last increase was on January 1, 2011, so it has been almost 4 years since we last had to increase our prices.

Regardless of what the Federal government has been saying about inflation, we are seeing increased costs in most materials, supplies and services that we purchase to make our pipes.

Even though it looks like our harvest this year will be much better than average, the cost to grow our corn was high.  In addition to the cost of growing the corn, the cost of maintaining the 1970s vintage machinery we use for picking is expensive.

We have seen hefty increases in the cost of the wooden components of our pipes, which affects both our corn cob pipes and our hardwood pipes.  We have also seen large increases in the cost of shipping supplies and in the cost of shipping itself.

From the very beginning, the mission of Missouri Meerschaum Company has been to produce great smoking pipes that everyone can afford.  That will always remain our mission, and we pledge to raise our prices only when the cost of producing our pipes forces us to do so.

Thanks for understanding, and thanks for being a customer of Missouri Meerschaum Company!

 

Introducing the New Hannibal Collection of Corn Cob Pipes!

Not too far north of our hometown of Washington, Missouri is the town of Hannibal on the west bank of the mighty Mississippi River.  Most people know Hannibal, Missouri, as the birthplace of one of America’s greatest authors, Samuel Clemens, whose pen name was Mark Twain.

Since Mark Twain smoked Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipes and since he considered Corn Cob Pipes the best pipe to use to enjoy fine tobacco, it was an easy decision to name a new Corn Cob Pipe design in his honor, calling it the Mark Twain (shown at left).

This new pipe has a large, Dublin style bowl that we have not featured on our pipes since the 1930s.  Like all of our larger pipes, the Mark Twain smokes cool and has a large tobacco chamber that is great for a long, relaxing smoke.

At the same time that we developed the Mark Twain design, we also decided that we should have another “nosewarmer” style pipe.  This new pipe has a smaller bowl and is shorter than the Mark Twain.

It is very light and is great for a short smoke or for smoking while working with your hands. We called this new pipe the Tom Sawyer (shown at right) after one of the main characters in Mark Twain’s famous novels.

So that Tom Sawyer’s good friend and companion in mischief, Huck Finn, would not be jealous, we lengthened the bit (mouthpiece) on the Tom Sawyer and called it the Huck Finn (shown below).

These three pipes – the Mark Twain, the Tom Sawyer and the Huck Finn – comprise Missouri Meerschaum’s new Hannibal Collection.

Check out our Hannibal Collection on our website!