I ordered a couple clay pipes on ebay.. There were two little clay pipes, and two 'wood' pipes. I bought it just for the clay, because they looked like fun (and it is.) ~$13 including shipping, seemed OK to try the two clay pipes.
One of the wood pipes was like an MM Ozark in shape but not as good quality, with a chewed up stem... so nothing I really care about.
The other pipe was a briar, with no markings that was a dusty brown, with an oxidized stem and some teeth marks. Pretty nondescript.
I didn't take any before pictures, because I wasn't expecting anything, but after hours of cleaning, polishing and buffing, I was surprised at what emerged.
I still have some polishing and there is still some oxidation that is visible in the sunlight, but some birds-eye grain appeared, and the pipe is starting to look nice.
There is a chip on the shank, that I will need to figure out how to fill, and the pipe does have a few small dings that I'll probably ignore.
Here's the one 'before' picture I have, taken from the Ebay pic;
And here's a pic that I just took with my cell phone;
It will never be worth a lot, but it's a bit like finding a treasure when I didn't expect anything, and I'm looking forward to smoking it.