This is an Alfred Dunhill polished brown leather briefcase with hand tooled leather trim and brass corners. Some collectors refer to this case as the "Presidential Briefcase".
The exterior of this briefcase has hard brown leather polished to a high gloss. The outside leather has hand tooled trim around the outer edge on each side of the case. There are solid brass guards on the outside corners to protect this case from damage. The handle is made of the same hard polished leather. The case has functioning brass combination locks. I do not have the combination.
The interior of this case has the same hard brown high gloss leather lining on the base sides of the inside of the case. There is a precision cross stitch across the base of the case and the front of the leather fan above. There are leather double file fan pockets held in place with a leather strap on the inside of the top of the case. There is a small leather pouch for additional storage on the inside of the fan pocket. The outside of the fan pockets are made of the same glossy brown leather as the rest of the case. The interior of the upper case is lined with a black linen up to the point where it reaches the outside of the compartment where the hard polished leather begins.
Length: 16 inches (inside) 17 inches (outside)
Width: 2.25 inches (inside) 2.75 inches (outside)
Height: 11.24 inches (inside) 12.25 inches (outside)
This briefcase is in very good condition. The hardware and locks are functional. The combination workds. There are no rips, holes or tears in the case and it is structurally sound. As expected, the outside of the case has some scuffs, scratches, scrapes, and dents. The interior of the case is in much better condition than the outside. It was very well cared for. Although it has scuffs and scratches it literally shines brightly for the camera. (see photos for best depiction of condition and ask for more if you need them)
About Albert Dunhill
This briefcase is an example of the kind of high end leather gear purchased by the English Aristocracy in the last mid-century. Alfred Dunhill apprenticed at his his father’s equestrian saddlery and harness making business and found himself the owner of the business at the age of 21
in 1893. His Alfred Dunhill Company grew into a larger enterprise specializing in production of leather for Rolls Royce and high end leather accessories.
Dunhill London continues to thrive today and is known for its 'Bespoke and Made to Measure Service' which caters to those who want someone to create leather goods made just for them. According to the Company's website, its " bespoke leather range is a hugely popular service, with a specialist working in house on everything from a made to measure wallet to a bespoke leather interior for you car. Treasured items can be imbued with great emotional value, so there is also a comprehensive repairs service on hand, and if repair is not possible then an identical item can be built from scratch. Other services include alterations, personal styling and delivery."
As you might expect, there is no catalog pricing bespoke leather good but I suspect if there were the prices would be overwhelming. ( I had a service similar to this when I grew up but she was called "Mom" and the value of her services were priceless...) I am not certain if this briefcase was created by someone who wanted a one of a kind briefcase just for them but I suspect it was not as our shop has had one other that sold and I have seen at least two others with the same design.
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