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This is a beautiful mocha leather Coach Pony Express Pouch. The Coach Pony Express is seen by some as the crème de la crème of classic Coach Bags. It attracts many collectors and is becoming increasingly rare. When they are listed they don't stick around long. When I acquired this Coach Pony Express there was no other one listed anywhere on the internet. This bag was made in the Factory in New York City. It has Coach Creed number 638-9222. It is my opinion this bag is made of mocha leather but since others may disagree, I have included a 1981 Coach color chart in the collage in photo 5 for you to decide if you agree or disagree.

The Pony Express Pouch is another Coach bag exhibiting an old style in a new world. Like the Musette, Courier and Prairie Bag this bag looks like something that you would see an early American or French pioneer carrying while hiking across the country.

This bag has two outside pockets under a front flap with brass turnlock closures. The interior has two compartments separated by a suede leather wall. This is a mid size to small bag. The dimensions are 11" x 8" x 3".

I have read that the Pony Express was only manufactured for a short time by Coach. I have Coach catalogs that begin in 1981 and end in 2004. The Pony Express Pouch is only listed in the 1981 and 1982 catalogs although I understand it was manufactured in the 1970's as well. This is what Coach had to say about the Pony Express Pouch in 1981:

No 9670
Pony Express Pouch

Well-organized house keeps everything in its place. Two roomy outside pockets; an extra compartment inside. Solid brass stirrup buckles and turnlocks. Black, Mocha, Tabac, British Tan, Burgundy, Navy.

Condition:

This bag is in very good condition and structurally sound. There are no rips, tears or holes in the bag or the beading. The leather is soft and supple. However, like most bags in their 40's there are signs of age in the form of scuffs and scratches. There are also a few small spots on the back and the front. ( See photos 1 and 3). However, this aging process has added to its fine patina rather than detract from the bag.

THE FACTORY

This bag was made in the NYC Coach Factory which means it is in the class of the most sought after vintage Coach bags. Coach no longer produces bags in the U.S.A. and the Factory is gone. The quality of the bags manufactured at the Coach NYC factory and the skills of the leather workers who produced them was memorialized in a book released in 1977 entitled "The Factory". Although commissioned by the owners of Coach, it is a testimonial to the skill and diversity of their work force Here are some excerpts from 'The Factory':

"The factory occupies two floors of a 12 story building in downtown New York City and employs about 125 members of the Pocketbook and Novelty Workers Union Local No. 1 AFL-CIO. It is the Coach Leatherware factory, and the people who work here make bags and belts out of leather and brass.

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Looking around the factory, out of town visitors are always struck by its rich ethnic mix. Like a microcosm of the City itself, every race, creed and national origin seems to be represented. In addition to 2nd generation New Yorkers, both black and white, there are Italians and those of Italian descent, Poles and those of Polish descent; likewise, Germans, Hungarians, Lithuanians, and Russians - as well as Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and a number of other Hispanics from Central and South America.

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Here in New York City we have recruited workers from what is undoubtedly the world's largest pool of skilled labor, and this has enabled us, over the years, to choose from the best in each category.

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"The leather goods industry is a highly competitive one. If Coach bags and belts have enjoyed a certain success in this field, it is precisely because they are made in New York City by those people whose skill, energy and quick intelligence make it possible to turn out a quality product at a fair price. [ The Factory: Portrait of a Leathergoods Factory in Downtown New York City; Pictures by Jeremy Lezin- Words by Miles Cahn; July 1977]

If you prefer a different style vintage bag, I have many in stock and you can see it at my shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ProVintageGear

Football Days Sale Coach Pony Express Mocha Leather Pouch- Made In The Factory In New York City- Very Good Condition- Rare

$710.10

Only 1 available


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: Supple mocha glove tanned leather, Solid brass hardware, Two pouches under front flap, Solid brass turnlock closures, Adjustable 16 and a half inch Strap drop, Solid brass strap buckles, 11 inches Long x 8 inches H x 3 inches Wide, Rare Coach NYC Bag, Ideal gift
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