This is a Ghurka Marley Hodgson Chestnut Leather and Twill No. 3 "The Overlander" Registration No. D-455- Circa 1981. This bag was the 455th style "No. 3 Overlander" handcrafted by Ghurka in 1981. 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 ]
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.
Ghurka describes this bag as
" Ghurka Overlander No. 3 is the second bag we ever made". This Crossbody messenger bag is unisex, very roomy yet lightweight. Roomy main compartment. Features front extended flap pocket with signature brass point and leather tab closures Adjustable shoulder strap with shoulder pad
Rear exterior zippered pocket"
Product Year: 1981
Registration #: D 455
Length: 11 inches
Height: 14 inches
Width: 5 inches
Condition: This bag is in very good condition for a bag over 30 years old. Both the leather and the twill are in good condition. The bag is structurally intact. The stitching is intact. However, there is one small tear in the leather on one of the corners of the bag. [ see photo 5 collage for closue up] There is double leather protection so the tear exposes a seoond layer of leather which is not torn. This is not a threat to the structural integrity of the bag or repaired by a leather cobbler. In addition, like most bags this age there is some scuffing and scratching and there is a faint spots on interior bottom. Please see photos I have posted for an accurate description of the condition. Ask for more photos if you are interested.
You can purchase the 515th Overlander No. 3 manufactured in 1975 on Ghurka's website for $1895.00. Link to https://www.ghurka.com/vintage-overlander-no-3-515
The vintage Overlander Ghurka is selling on line looks pretty much like this bag. While there may be slight differences in condition between the two the biggest difference is the asking price. The Overlander for sale here is over $1500 less than the price Ghurka is asking.
About Ghurka bags:
This is what Ghurka has to say about the materials and process they use for their bags:
Ghurka leather is never pretreated to remove any flaws, we must begin by using the most naturally flawless hides available. While we utilize a variety of leather types based on which is best suited to a particular product, the majority of our goods are made from French calfskin. Calfskin has a finer grain and softer feel than traditional cowhide as the younger age of the animal brings less exposure to the harsh elements, the main cause of imperfection. French calfskin in particular is considered the finest in the world due to the fact that farms in France do not use barbed wire, one of the leading causes of mars and scratches. As no two skins are completely alike, each and every handcrafted leather Ghurka product will have an individual character that adds to its unique patina as it ages.
We use an extra-thick spun nylon that should never snap or fray, and all of our craftsmen ensure that each and every piece is stitched to our exacting standards. A careful review of any two parts of a Ghurka leather luggage piece will reveal exactly the same number of stitches per inch, a requirement for anything that leaves our workshop. The placement of these stitches is equally exact, precisely laid out to the millimeter to ensure that every bit of leather is assembled to last a lifetime.
Brass is the only metal we've found that offers the strength, durability, and reliability that have become our hallmark. Every single piece of our hardware - from zippers, buckles, and hooks to the smallest of snaps and rivets are made solely from this rugged and beautiful material. A great deal of time and expense has been invested in perfecting our brass zippers. Every single tooth is individually machined and polished to ensure flawless operation after years of continuous use. And since all of our leather briefcase and leather travel bag hardware is solid brass and never plated, it too will develop a unique character and patina as it ages alongside our famous leather.
Since our founding, Ghurka has set out to manufacture the highest handcrafted leather goods available in the U.S. This has always begun with using only the finest hides in the world. While there are endless varieties of leather available, only a handful pass the rigorous selection process required to bear the Ghurka medallion. Likewise, our signature solid brass hardware and trademark stitching process ensure that our bags deliver an paralleled owner experience and lifetime of use.
About the Ghurka company:
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
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