I went to a new pipe club meeting last night. Lots of familiar faces, including "my" B&M guy. I didn't even know he attended this club. Everyone had pipes to show around. My friend brought these, and I'm going to clean up the stems for him. Pretty cool. Did a little research. These pipes were enormously popular with GI's stationed in France during the war. The leather stitching was introduced (largely) to cover up the poor quality of the briar available at the time. These were not considered "cheap" pipes at the time. I'm willing to bet one of the old-timers around here has seen one these sets before. I'm CERTAIN someone here smoked one while stationed in France (available through the 60's). They were later sold on a limited basis through the Px.