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.
Missouri Meerschaum is celebrating July 4th – Independence Day – with Star Spangled Specials on our Patriot and General pipes!
That’s because we’re proud and thankful to be an American owned and operated company with our roots going all the way back to 1869. Our cobs are grown in America – Missouri River bottom land – and handcrafted into superior, cool smoking pipes right here in Washington, Missouri.
We also are proud to ship approximately 3,500 of our American grown and crafted pipes daily throughout our great country and around the world, and to back up our products with the best customer service anywhere.
We thank our customers for your loyalty and your business on this 238th birthday of our nation – the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Each year, we look forward to that Spring day when we can plant our hybrid pipecorn seed that will result in the large corn cobs that we need to make our authentic and original Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipes. This year, the planting started on April 22nd and was finished the next day, April 23rd. This was 3 weeks earlier than last year and should give our corn a head start on developing the type of cobs that we need for our corn cob pipes. Hopefully, the early planting will allow us to harvest earlier in the fall. Here is a link to a video from our fields made on April 23rd. The audio is poor due to the wind that day. We will update you on the progress of this year’s corn crop as the growing season unfolds.
YouTube videos, websites, Facebook pages, and other social media platforms are spreading the word in the pipe smoking community about the unique experience of smoking cobs.
Why do pipe smokers include cobs in their favorite line up of pipes?
Better yet, why do some pipe smokers smoke only cobs?
Cob smokers cite a variety of reasons for being true “fans” of our Genuine Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipes. Tens of thousands – perhaps even millions, based on our daily shipping numbers – have smoked them for decades. And yet there are lifelong pipe smokers who have not experienced the pleasure of smoking a cob pipe.
Is affordable price important to you? A sweet smoking experience? Why do you smoke cobs? Why do you smoke our cobs – or haven’t yet? Let us know!