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post #1156 of 1163
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Originally Posted by meister View Post

This bag according to the 60+ owner was inherited from his grandfather! Go figure as they say in NYC.

Before:







After a clean and some Cadillac cream (unpolished):





A lot of work to go. Someone lost the key and jemmied the lock upwards...probably find someone to fix it. One crease needs some sewing too.

amazing!
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^^^^^^^WOW!!!!!
post #1159 of 1163
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Originally Posted by meister View Post

This bag according to the 60+ owner was inherited from his grandfather! Go figure as they say in NYC.

After a clean and some Cadillac cream (unpolished):



A lot of work to go. Someone lost the key and jemmied the lock upwards...probably find someone to fix it. One crease needs some sewing too.

It's a lovely old bag but using it will destroy it, IMO. I cannot tell for certain from photos, but from what I see I am pretty sure that the leather is "dead." If not red rot, the next worst thing.
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...but not to worry: fine old bags, cases and trunks can still be used as beautiful storage pieces around the house or shack. It's amazing what a bit of elbow grease can do!
post #1161 of 1163
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Originally Posted by VRaivio View Post

...but not to worry: fine old bags, cases and trunks can still be used as beautiful storage pieces around the house or shack. It's amazing what a bit of elbow grease can do!

Red rot is irreversible.

Anytime the leather is flexed in areas that are affected the leather breaks up into a fine powder and blows away.

Museums confront this problem all the time. They have special chemicals that stabilize the leather but nevertheless they handle such items as seldom as possible.

If you could get some of that product (can't remember the name, off hand), you could treat the leather with it and then put the bag in a glass case.

Again, I may be wrong but if you touch / rub the leather at the corners, or around the edges and handle, and you notice the leather dust on your fingers; or open the bag and notice dust falling away from the corners where it is flexing, it's red rot.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
post #1162 of 1163
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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post

Red rot is irreversible.

Anytime the leather is flexed in areas that are affected the leather breaks up into a fine powder and blows away.

Museums confront this problem all the time. They have special chemicals that stabilize the leather but nevertheless they handle such items as seldom as possible.

If you could get some of that product (can't remember the name, off hand), you could treat the leather with it and then put the bag in a glass case.

Again, I may be wrong but if you touch / rub the leather at the corners, or around the edges and handle, and you notice the leather dust on your fingers; or open the bag and notice dust falling away from the corners where it is flexing, it's red rot.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

There is no red rot on it and 2 goes with Cadillac cream have done wonders already. There is abrading on the bump spots but the leather is solid. Then dryness but nothing too bad.

I have a lot of vintage shoes from the 20s-40s so I know exactly what you mean DWFII.

I was stunned at the condition it was in. Solid as. A crease tear that has to be sewn a bit stiffish in some parts that has backing but once I finish my magic...

Pre Caddy cream:

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post #1163 of 1163
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Originally Posted by meister View Post

There is no red rot on it and 2 goes with Cadillac cream have done wonders already. There is abrading on the bump spots but the leather is solid.

I have a lot of vintage shoes from the 20s-40s so I know exactly what you mean DWFII.

I was stunned at the condition it was in. Solid as. A crease tear that has to be sewn a bit stiffish in some parts that has backing but once I finish my magic...

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