This is an Alfred Dunhill hard shell Briefcase crafted out of beautiful sienna leather and polished brass hardware.
The exterior of this briefcase has soft sienna leather which feels like it has padding underneath. The sienna leather is set off by fine white stitching. The hardware is polished brass. This includes the feet protecting the leather on the base of the bag, the latches and the combination lock. The brass latches are engraved with the Dunhill logo. The lock is functional and currently set at 000. The handle is made of thick padded leather of the same color as the sides.
Inside the case is lined on the bottom with an ivory or off white smooth leather. The hinges are polished brass. The dual compartment fan file is made of sienna leather and ivory suede. It is held in place with an adjustable leather flap with a Dunhill logo that is affixed to the fan with two brass snaps.
The base of the fan file has 3 leather card slots, a leather pouch, and 4 leather pen and pencil sleeves.
Length: 17 inches (inside) 18 inches (outside)
Height: 12 inches (inside) 13 inches (outside)
Width: 4 inches
This briefcase is in very good condition. The hardware and locks are functional. The combination works. There are no holes in the case and it is structurally sound. However, this case was definitely used over the last 40 years and there are the typical signs of use. As expected, the outside of the case has some scuffs, scratches, scrapes, and dents. The side of the case with the Dunhill logo has scuffs, scratches and some spots. [ See photo # 2} The other side has fewer wear marks. [ See photo # 3] The bottom of the case has some nicks and there is a small splilt in the leather over the left hinge. [ see collage photo 5 lower left hand corner] The interior of the case is in much better condition than the outside. It was very well cared for. There are few scuffs and scratches and the surface is smooth and clean. (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 the party I acquired it from said he purchased it through retail.
If you are interested in acquiring an authentic Alfred Dunhill leather briefcase at a price that doesn't exceed the cost of your child's college tuition take advantage of this listing.
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