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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Materials: Textured brownish black hard shell, Combination lock set 000, Combination creation instructions, Anheuser Busch Beer logo, Silver aluminium trim, Interior fan file, Interior leather storage pouches, Brown fabric lining with brown leather trim, 18 inches L x 13 inches H x 4 and half W, Great gift
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This is a very unique brownish black textured hard shell Samsonite briefcase with silver trim and the Anheuser Busch Beer logo on both sides. I was told by the party I acquired it from that it was made for Anhuesuer Busch executives. This is some pretty unique beer swag. I would say this case is in excellent unused condition but am unable to do so because one of the two latches has broken off leaving only one latch to secure the case. [ See picture in lower right hand corner of photo 5 collage] However, there are 2 latches and the remaining latch functions fine and keeps the case latched and locked. The price of this case has been reduced due to the broken latch. Unusual Samsonite hard shell briefcases are quite popular. When I find one available in the vintage market place priced reasonably I try to acquire it. When I relist these they go pretty fast.

This case has silver trim with a functional combination lock currently set at 000. It comes with the original Samsonite instruction card on how to create your own combination. The interior of this case is brown fabric with brown leather trim. There are two leather pouches on the fan file which are the same color of the exterior. There is also a fan file inside trimmed in the same color.

Dimensions:

Length: 18 inches
Height: 13 inches
Width: 4.5 inches

Condition:

This case would be rated as being in excellent unused condition if it were not for the broken latch. It has no rips, tears or holes in the body of the case. The hardware works as intended. Although one of the two latches is broken the other functions fine and keeps the case closed and locked. However, the price of this case has been reduced to reflect the broken latch. Unlike many cases this old, the exterior of the case has very few scuffs and scratches. The interior lining is clean and the interior overall was well maintained. In fact it looks like it hasn't been used at all and probably was in some beer executives closet for most or all of its life. Please see photos for best depiction of this briefcase.

Based on my research about the history of this company, the materials used to construct this briefcase, articles about the age of similar briefcases and my own personal knowledge about the Samsonite briefcase I received as a gift when graduating from law school in 1976, it is my opinion this briefcase was manufactured sometime in the 1960s or 1970s.

About Samsonite:

According to Wikepedia Samsonite " was founded in Denver, Colorado, on March 10, 1910 by Blackhawk, Colorado-born luggage salesman Jesse Shwayder (1882–1970) as the Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company. A religious man, Shwayder named one of his initial cases Samson, after the Biblical strongman, and began using the trademark Samsonite in 1941 for its tapered vulcanized fiber suitcase, introduced in 1939. In 1965 after the Samsonite suitcase became its best-selling product, the company changed its name to Samsonite." [footnotes omitted]

About Anheuser Busch

According to Wikepedia Anheuser Busch roots go back to the 1850s: "In 1852, German American brewer and saloon operator George Schneider opened the Bavarian Brewery on Carondelet Avenue (later known as South Broadway) between Dorcas and Lynch streets in South St. Louis. Schneider's brewery expanded in 1856 to a new brewhouse near Eighth and Crittenden streets; however, the following year financial problems forced the sale of the brewery to various owners during the late 1850s. In 1860, the brewery was purchased on the brink of bankruptcy by William D'Oench, a local pharmacist, and Eberhard Anheuser, a prosperous German-born soap manufacturer. D'Oench was the silent partner in the business until 1869, when he sold his half-interest in the company. From 1860 to 1875, the brewery was known as E. Anheuser & Co., and from 1875 to 1879 as the E. Anheuser Company's Brewing Association.Adolphus Busch, a wholesaler who had immigrated to St. Louis from Germany in 1857, married Eberhard Anheuser's daughter, Lilly, in 1861. Following his service in the American Civil War, Busch began working as a salesman for the Anheuser brewery. Busch purchased D'Oench's share of the company in 1869, and he assumed the role of company secretary from that time until the death of his father-in-law."...""The company was renamed Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association in 1879" [footnotes omitted]

If you would like some other style or size please visit our shop. We have acquired a wide variety of briefcases and attaches from Coach, Hartmann and other manufacturers. Please visit my shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ProVintageGear for similar products from high end manufacturers.
This is a very unique brownish black textured hard shell Samsonite briefcase with silver trim and the Anheuser Busch Beer logo on both sides. I was told by the party I acquired it from that it was made for Anhuesuer Busch executives. This is some pretty unique beer swag. I would say this case is in excellent unused condition but am unable to do so because one of the two latches has broken off leaving only one latch to secure the case. [ See picture in lower right hand corner of photo 5 collage] However, there are 2 latches and the remaining latch functions fine and keeps the case latched and locked. The price of this case has been reduced due to the broken latch. Unusual Samsonite hard shell briefcases are quite popular. When I find one available in the vintage market place priced reasonably I try to acquire it. When I relist these they go pretty fast.

This case has silver trim with a functional combination lock currently set at 000. It comes with the original Samsonite instruction card on how to create your own combination. The interior of this case is brown fabric with brown leather trim. There are two leather pouches on the fan file which are the same color of the exterior. There is also a fan file inside trimmed in the same color.

Dimensions:

Length: 18 inches
Height: 13 inches
Width: 4.5 inches

Condition:

This case would be rated as being in excellent unused condition if it were not for the broken latch. It has no rips, tears or holes in the body of the case. The hardware works as intended. Although one of the two latches is broken the other functions fine and keeps the case closed and locked. However, the price of this case has been reduced to reflect the broken latch. Unlike many cases this old, the exterior of the case has very few scuffs and scratches. The interior lining is clean and the interior overall was well maintained. In fact it looks like it hasn't been used at all and probably was in some beer executives closet for most or all of its life. Please see photos for best depiction of this briefcase.

Based on my research about the history of this company, the materials used to construct this briefcase, articles about the age of similar briefcases and my own personal knowledge about the Samsonite briefcase I received as a gift when graduating from law school in 1976, it is my opinion this briefcase was manufactured sometime in the 1960s or 1970s.

About Samsonite:

According to Wikepedia Samsonite " was founded in Denver, Colorado, on March 10, 1910 by Blackhawk, Colorado-born luggage salesman Jesse Shwayder (1882–1970) as the Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company. A religious man, Shwayder named one of his initial cases Samson, after the Biblical strongman, and began using the trademark Samsonite in 1941 for its tapered vulcanized fiber suitcase, introduced in 1939. In 1965 after the Samsonite suitcase became its best-selling product, the company changed its name to Samsonite." [footnotes omitted]

About Anheuser Busch

According to Wikepedia Anheuser Busch roots go back to the 1850s: "In 1852, German American brewer and saloon operator George Schneider opened the Bavarian Brewery on Carondelet Avenue (later known as South Broadway) between Dorcas and Lynch streets in South St. Louis. Schneider's brewery expanded in 1856 to a new brewhouse near Eighth and Crittenden streets; however, the following year financial problems forced the sale of the brewery to various owners during the late 1850s. In 1860, the brewery was purchased on the brink of bankruptcy by William D'Oench, a local pharmacist, and Eberhard Anheuser, a prosperous German-born soap manufacturer. D'Oench was the silent partner in the business until 1869, when he sold his half-interest in the company. From 1860 to 1875, the brewery was known as E. Anheuser & Co., and from 1875 to 1879 as the E. Anheuser Company's Brewing Association.Adolphus Busch, a wholesaler who had immigrated to St. Louis from Germany in 1857, married Eberhard Anheuser's daughter, Lilly, in 1861. Following his service in the American Civil War, Busch began working as a salesman for the Anheuser brewery. Busch purchased D'Oench's share of the company in 1869, and he assumed the role of company secretary from that time until the death of his father-in-law."...""The company was renamed Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association in 1879" [footnotes omitted]

If you would like some other style or size please visit our shop. We have acquired a wide variety of briefcases and attaches from Coach, Hartmann and other manufacturers. Please visit my shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ProVintageGear for similar products from high end manufacturers.

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