Handmade vintage travel bag

I have updated this post with further photographs and information. 

This bag is about 45 years old and well used, but the leather is still soft and plump. It is extremely well designed. It is also large enough to fit enough for a week away.

The only downside his bag is heavy. Probably from those days when porters carried everything as you travelled. Nowadays when I have to walk miles through airports it is not so much fun but oh man, this bag is beautiful.

It is completely handmade of heavy leather. Every stitch is done by hand and each of the three locks is individually handmade and has its own key.

The lining is of deep green satin and it has four feet to keep the leather off the ground. The colour of the leather is beautiful and despite heavy use, there are only very small signs on wear on this bag. I have never treated or moisturised it in any way.

Lining in deep green satin with an internal pocket edged in leather
Lining in deep green satin with an internal pocket edged in leather. When I am not using it, the keys are kept in the address pouch on the strap

photo 4

Five small feet underneath
Five small feet underneath
photo 3-1
The main zipper clips onto the side lock. The stitching is all handmade the the zipper is heavy duty metal (my favourite kind!). There is a separate key for each of the three locks.
Beautiful zipper and inside pocket barrier to prevent things from falling out
Beautiful zipper and inside pocket barrier to prevent things from falling out
Beautiful stitching and strap feature
Beautiful stitching and strap feature

photo 1

It has the same outside pocket on both sides. This is the front
It has the same outside pocket on both sides. This is the front.
This is the back
This is the back
The keys and address tag. Each key is handmade to fit one of the three locks
The keys and address tag. Each key is handmade to fit one of the three locks

photo 4-1

Handmade lock and beautiful stitching.
Handmade lock and beautiful stitching.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

4 thoughts

Leave a Reply to thecrazylifeofj Cancel reply