They had model designations which look a bit like a code. You may see something like this (taken from an eBay auction I saw today):
What does this mean?
- The first is a number denoting the number of internal pockets
- The second are at least two letters denoting the type of leather from which the binder is made
- The third letter tells you whether there is a fastener (no F = no fastener)
- The last numbers tell you the ring size in inches.
So this binder has two internal pockets, is made of Moroccan Leather and has a fastener.
Some examples of types of leather would be
- BL – Bridle Leather
- BCL – Box Calf Leather
- CCF – Crocodile Calf
- CL – Calf Leather
- HL – Hide Leather
- KL – Kid Leather
- ML – Moroccan Leather
- OL – Ostrich Leather
- PL – Pigskin Leather
- RH – Reindeer Hide
- SH – Saddle Hide
There is sometimes a J next to the F (if there is one) for Jotter. And some plastic Filofaxes are have a V or VR designation, possibly for Vinyl or Vinyl Rubber
So, could you decipher the meaning of the designation below?