This is a rehabilitated Hartmann Belting Leather Flapover Style Briefcase or Attache. This flap over style is quite rare for a Hartmann briefcase. You don't see many listed in the vintage marketplace. [ In fact, the only Hartmann I have seen listed with this style is a new with tags style flap over briefcase listed at Tim's Luggage for $2,495.00. If you would like to see that briefcase link to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hartmann-Belting-Leather-Flapover-Messenger-Bag-Briefcase-Attache-MADE-IN-USA-/221276890814 ] This is the same style case as the Hartmann flap over at Tim's Luggage. However, according to the previous owner, this case was rehabbed by Hartmann years ago where most of the binding was replaced as well as the fastening straps and handle padding. While the case we offer is has been rehabbed and is more distressed than the new with tags case at Tim's Luggage, our price tag is substantially less distressing than the price tag at Tim's Luggage.
This case has a brass combination lock currently set at 00. [The instructions for setting your own combination are included with this bag]. It has brass buckles and brass strap rings. The flap over closure straps were replaced as part of the rehab. The flap over closure straps are held in place with magnetic snaps. It has a double gusset with interior nylon lining and leather storage pouches. There is also a padded laptop sleeve that fits in the bag. It has an adjustable removable leather shoulder strap with comfort bad and solid brass snap clips.
Length: 17 inches
Height: 13 inches
Width: 5 inches
This case was manufactured in the U.S.A out of real Belting Leather and is old stock. This quality of leather is no longer used by Hartmann. The current Belting Leather being offered by Hartmann is not as high quality as this item. Prior to 1997 Hartmann used its highest quality real Belting Leather, sourced from the best tannery in the world. This is the true tan colored Belting Leather that is the most coveted, and becoming nearly impossible to find in good condition. I refer to this as "Original" Belting Leather.
The term "rugged" is used to describe this case's perfectly worn and rehabbed condition. Like most vintage bags the case has scuffs and scratches. It also has some dark marks on its surface. Although the leather is distressed, its condition actually enhances the beauty of the leather and the patina of the bag. The bag has structural integrity as there are no holes or tears in the leather surface sides.
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