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Chester Grimwall ran his hand across the smooth, top-grain leather that covered the Hartmann suitcase. Then he slipped his hand through the handles and picked it up. It felt good, it felt substantial. The luggage department was right next to Men's Clothing so he carried the suitcase over to a full length mirror and spent a few minutes eying how he looked carrying the bag. He decided he looked pretty good and it was the perfect size--not so big that he looked like he was carrying the kitchen sink but big enough to hold the essentials. Chester's father had always told him to buy the best that he could afford but this bag would cost him $147.00 and he only had $152.49 in his checking account. He had big plans though having just landed a job as a sales representative for the Acme Anvil Inc.'s entire west coast territory and he knew he had to 'dress for success'--he took the plunge and bought the bag.

That was back in 1964 and five years later Chester had become Vice President of Sales at Acme. He had rocketed up the corporate after writing 200% increases in anvil sales year after year. The 'Suits' back in Corporate couldn't figure out what his secret was. Apparently there was a huge demand for anvils in the western USA desert states. Chester was also responsible for the company's expansion into demolition and weaponry products that also sold phenomenally well in the desert states. He carried his Hartmann leather suitcase whenever he traveled until he retired to Arizona back in 1998.

For sale is a handsome high-quality leather suitcase made by Hartmann Luggage of Lebanon, Tennessee. The leather has a wonderfully rich patina to it with the perfect amount of light distress. We are dating this piece to 1964 based on the original price tag that we found inside. It retailed for $147.00 back then which in 2012 dollars would be over $1000.00. This suitcase is 21.5" X 19" X 5.5" wide and is covered with heavy, top-grade 'belting' leather, gold-tone hardware and leather-wrapped handle. The interior is lined with a tan linen fabric with leather trim. Inside the top lid there is one large zippered section with a small zippered pouch. The inside base has overlapping flaps that secure with two cinch straps. The suitcase lays flat when opened. It also comes with the original hang tag, price tag and care instructions card.

This suitcase is in very good vintage condition. The leather exterior is in great shape, still smooth and supple with a few light scratches, scuffs and subtle color variations that give it a great look. It is a semi-rigid case so it is slightly concaved on the sides from being stacked. The corner stitching is in great shape as well. The latches work well (sorry no keys included). The interior is very clean with no rips, tears or foul odors and all the interior zippers work smoothly.

1960s Hartmann Belting Leather Suitcase "Beautiful High Quality- USA Made"


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: metal, leather, belting leather, linen
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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