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The original factory reaches back to 1869. Henry Tibbe (†1896) Dutsh emigrant and founder of the plant, patented on July 6, 1878 pipes made with a mixture of corn and plaster (see enlarged view) allowing a smooth finish and less heat in the bowl. Thus the city of Washington (Missouri) became the world capital of corn cob pipes smoked by celebrities like Popeye, Mark Twain or Gen. D. MacArthur.

USA

Henry Tibbe
See also: the brand "Henry Tibb's" (China).

Popeye
 Scotland the brave 

Radio

Corn cob pipes

 

(Underside)

Missouri Meerschaum Washington M° U.S.A. (In circle)

Registered Jan 23 1883

Trade Mark

Radio

The shank of this early pipe is made of corncob instead of pine.

The bowl is not stained: the pipe has a burnished finish which comes from a soft piece of wood stuck against the spinning bowl until the friction left an attractive dark finish. This technic isn't in use anymore nowadays (2012).

MacArthur

Corn cob pipes

 

(Underside)

Missouri Meerschaum Washington. Mo. (In circle)

Original

Corn Cob

Made in U.S.A.

This pipe (The "Mac") is designed according to the model General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) used to commision from the Missouri Meerschaum Co.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Stem logo

Corn cob pipes

Brands with an unique letter logo

(Underside)

Missouri Meerschaum (In cercle)

Original

Sticker variants under the bowl

Early markings. Sticker cutted out by hand.
Rob Roy Jr.
Sticker for a cased pipe & bowls set.
Alternative MM logo
Sticker for a non plaster filled pipe.
Printed on a blank sticker
Offset "Corn Cob" marking..
Sticker for wooden series
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