Conrad’s Five Year Diary

This one was an eBay find for £10 from the UK. I was the only bidder. Sadly (or happily for me, I suppose) I am usually the only bidder and they go for far lower prices than they should, given the quality and rarity. I guess they are not trendy.

The auction was restricted to the UK but as almost always happens, I asked and the seller agreed to post to Sweden. I think they can see I am a longtime member (since 2003) and have 100% feedback so they take a chance on me. Incidentally, almost all my feedback praises my prompt payment. Sellers must have HUGE problems with slow payers.

This one is probably the most beautiful one I have bought. It is much older than the average ones I find and is in the most divine leather with gold tooling and details. The lock is pure quality. The only other lock like this I have seen is on Smythson’s now-discontinued pink Dreams and Thoughts journal which cost £240 new.

It is also much bigger than the ones I usually find, and square! I love that as it has more space in it but is still portable.

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Still in the original box, which is in very good shape all things considered.

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It still has the original tissue paper and key. With this kind of lock, each key is made specifically for each lock.

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Look at those colours! Rich brown, black with gold tooling.

My photo is a bit blurry so here is one from the original auction.

My photo is a bit blurry so here is one from the original auction.

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Categories: Bookbinding, Diaries and Journals, Notebooks

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