Ghurka bags are unique high end quality bags handmade in the U.S.A.. If you are interested in this bag and not familiar with Ghurka, please read up on Ghurka bags to learn about their quality and reputation by starting with the links below this description.
This is a Ghurka Marley Hodgson Chestnut Leather No. 24 "The Attache" Registration No. F 1761- Circa 1983 . This bag was the 1,761st style "No. 24 Attache" handcrafted by Ghurka in 1983. Every Ghurka bag is carefully identified by a coded by style number and name, year of production and the number where the particular bag fell in production. [ Link here to the Ghurka website for an explanation of their coding system. http://www.ghurka.com/our-heritage/bag-numbering-coding ]
This is how Ghurka describes its attache:
"Our classic, slim Attache No. 24 was made for those who take a slender portfolio of important papers to a meeting. The sophisticated design yet simple look has full of surprises: Very compact, retractable handle, interior all length extended open compartments in each side, interior utility pockets that accommodate pens and phones, keep you perfectly organized. All zip around closure for more convenience & accessibility."
16" x 1.5" x 11"
You can purchase the 768th Marley Hodgson Chestnut Leather No. 24 "Attache" from Ghurka's website in a rehabilitated condition right now for $1495.00 by linking to this url: http://www.ghurka.com/the-attache-no-24-vintage-f768#product-description
When you arrive you will see it's the same bag as the one we have listed. Of course for $1495.00 the Ghurka Attache has fewer flaws than ours. But it's my opinion that you can take about 10% of the $1270 savings between the cost of the Ghurka rehab and our Ghurka and have this rehab'd by a professional in a way that will bring it up to par with the Attache Ghurka is selling for $1495.00.
Condition: This bag is in fairly good condition for a 33 year old bag but it does have some issues relating to light staining on the outside Khaki canvas and some tearing of the leather on the corner beading. Please look at all of the photos. There is light staining on both sides of the outside of the bag. I am certain a cleaning professional can remove this with adequate compensation and care. The other condition that will require some expenditure is the tear on the corner of the bag. [ see close up on photo #5 collage] But, this too can be repaired by a competent leather cobbler. Finally, if you seek a bag in its original state you would have to have some of the dark marks on the leather removed. Personally, I find those give this bag character and would not change them. The balance of the bag is in great condition. The inside is in excellent used condition. The khaki canvas is clean and free of rips, holes or tears. The leather pouches are like new with some minor scuffing of the kind you see on brand new leather bags.
The name Ghurka was taken from the Ghurka soldiers of the Himalayas who since the days of the British Raj, according to the Ghurka website, have been known throughout the world for their bravery, loyalty, and cheerful indifference to all difficulty. The Company founder, Marley Hodgson, came up with the idea of starting a company creating handmade leather bags and naming it Ghurka after attending an antiquities auction in the 1970's and bidding on gear made for Ghurka regimental officers stationed in India in the early 1900's. According to the Ghurka website, Marley Hodgson was Inspired by the rugged elegance and workmanship of the 75-year-old leather and created the Ghurka leather company to make similar bags. http://www.ghurka.com/our-heritage/about-ghurka