This is a vintage Coach Barclay Bordeaux or Mahogany Leather Tote that is versatile enough to be used as an Attache, Briefcase, Laptop, IPad Carrier or hand bag. It has the 'Leatherware' stamp underneath the Coach logo on the creed and its registration No. is 0699-230. The creed states it was made in the United States. The "Leatherware" stamp on the interior creed establishes it was made in the U.S.A. sometime in the 80's through early 90's. ( See http://coachbagrehab.blogspot.com/ ) 9896 was the style number ultimately assigned to this bag.
There are some Barclay Totes available in the market place but most go for over $200 if you can find them. This may be due to the popularity of totes among female professionals. Large totes are very popular among female attorneys for a carrying case in court or for conducting other business like depositions. I don't get to use one of these but my wife is an attorney and she says this style works well because it has enough room for a lot of books and files, the files are easily accessible and it has storage pouches for pens pencils and cell phones.
The 1991 catalog listing for the Barclay Tote states:
"Barclay tote number 9896 $254." ($445.76 in 2015 dollars after inflation)
"This multi-purpose tote can be used as a briefcase or handbag. Spring lock tab closure. Inside organizational panel includes open pocket, zipper pocket and two pen / pencil holders. Double handles. 16 inches by 11 and three quarter inches by five and three quarter inches. Black, British tan, burgundy, mahogany."
It is my opinion the color of this particular Barclay Tote is Bordeaux based on photos I have seen of Bordeaux bags in Coach catalogs. If I am correct on the color than this bag was made in 1993 when Coach first offered this tote in Bordeaux. It was before 1994 because the creed does not use the letter/ number code for month/ year of manufacture, letter code for place of manufacture, and the 9896 style number which was a practice beginning in 1994.
This bag is in decent vintage condition. It has its original structural integrity. The shoulder strap is in excellent shape without evidence of any wear, fraying or cracking. There are no holes in this bag. However, this bag has been used well and there are some flaws. There is some separation on the beading on one corner of the bag. There is a spot on one side of the bag and a stain on the end of the bag near the spot. There is also a fade line on one side of the bag that looks like it was caused by storing the bag in the sun with the flap over closure strap was open and lying against the bag. Also, like most leather bags over 20 years old there is some scuffing and scratching. Please see photos for the condition of this bag. Ask for more if you need them.
Due to the distressed condition the bag has been reduced in price as compared to other Coach Barclay Totes listed on Etsy. Currently there are 4 other Coach Barclay bags listed on other Etsy sites. None are under $200.00. Currently our shop has one black leather Coach Barclay listed for $189.00 https://www.etsy.com/listing/264081673/graddayssale-coach-barclay-black?
This bag's list price is lower to reflect the distressed condition described.
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