I've been working on this set for a couple of years and finally found the last piece (Hudson Ebony). All of the pipes are based on the XL21 shape but in this set each pipe has a different color, texture or silverwork, so each pipe shares the shape but is uniquely distinct from the others.
Wonderful set! Congratulations, and enjoy the heck out of them. I'm hoping to make a seven day set of Silver Spigots or XL90s. I'm closer to the Xl90 set as I've four of them, including one of my two silver spigots. Although a seven day set of different shaped silver spigots would be quite nice too.
I had never understood why people bought multiple versions of the same pipe. If I only can afford/display "X" amount of pipes, I would have thought I'd want variety in shapes and manufacturers. That said your post shows me how wrong I was! I probably won't double up on any pipes due to the aforementioned money/space issue but I get why people do it now. Do you have a shot of them all on the rack together?
Somebody has a thing for Bulldogs! Both sets are beautiful.
I'll have to agree with lohengrin in that the St Patrick's Day 2001 is also my favorite.
I also agree with katarn07 when he states "I had never understood why people bought multiple versions of the same pipe."
For me it's the way a pipe smokes that makes me want a number of them. GBDs 9438 and Peterson's XL21 are pipes that smoke just like I want a pipe to smoke. The different finishes just make the collection interesting. I agree with Al, probably a little OCD involved as I like my sets to have an example of all the finishes the pipe was available in. Approach collecting this way and you'll never buy a pipe you don't like and you'll always have a pipe or two on your "Holy Grail" list to keep life interesting.