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TomWambsgans

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Anyone have any experience with the "Compact Twill Briefcase"? I've only seen slight mention of it on this thread, years ago. I impulse-purchased one (it was 50% off MSRP) thinking I'd give it as a gift.

Rugged Twill Compact Briefcase (filson.com)
The silence was damning. I've shipped this off for a refund.

I'm thinking I'll unload some of my 256s, per the advice I received earlier in this thread. Are there any 'best practices' for doing this on Ebay that I should be aware of, in terms of auction vs buy-it-now, when to sell, etc.? None are of a notable era.
 

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If anyone out there has a 48hr or spots one at a great price, I may be interested. Tan or OG, I’ll go with what fate hands me.
 

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With my 2nd hiatus from the forum this milestone took even longer, but that changes today. Post number 5,000 for me!! Since I started posting in August 2017 it only took me just under 4.5 years, whether or not that's a good thing is up for you to decide. As per tradition each thousand posts I pick a different avatar photo. I will admit this one hit me close to home, but thinking on it there really was no other photo I would have picked. Since I'm halfway to being called a Dinosaur on Styleforum, I figured I'd create a little montage of my avatars over the years. You're going to see a trend and given my name here it might be quite obvious.

Post: 0 - 1000. Found this on Bulgang & Sons, which is an incredible Filson and luxury brand reseller. Check out their website, it's pretty captivating.


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Post: 1000 - 2000. This was pretty early on in my Filson journey around Jan. 2018. These were my only 2 Filson's after selling my 24HR, so that's three straight Otter Greens. The table in the backdrop has been in my family for over 100 years.

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Post: 2000 - 3000. Mid 2018 this is still one of the best photos I've ever taken. Pre-Filson of Great Jones NYC Pin

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Post: 3000 - 4000. Taken on a work trip to Connecticut. With the exception of my Talon No.257, everything else you see I have parted ways with. I've used this photo many times to showcase the difference in bridle leather and Otter Green Twill shades. Even in the same Era (Talon) you can see the vast differences in both, especially since at the time both were still in such well preserved condition.

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Post: 4000 - 5000. Okay by now I'm sure you can see the pattern, every picture is Filson related. I may have spent time on other conversations here, but Filson is home to me. Many of you I call my close friends, and a number of you I have met in person. We've had a meal, smoked a cigar, drank a cold one, but our conversation's were like the one we have here...extraordinary!!!

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Post Number 5000 Avatar: I was planning on using my GORUCK picture with Chance but then I came across this one and it brought a tear to my eye. He's resting his head on my most prized Filson. As you may know, we lost Chance last March and the hole that he has left in my heart and my family will never be whole again. But I wanted to commemorate his incredible life in my own way.

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If you extend your search to eBay I can always offer my assistance? Any particular color or era you’re looking for? Are you searching for a 257 or a Bedrock 70257? A pristine Talon or early YKK No.257 for an affordable price is not impossible to find, after all I found one and for at least $100 less then a new one. Keep in mind each era will have different bridle leather and will patina uniquely to its corresponding era.
Thanks a lot! I always prefer Talon or early YKK era.
 

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I am hoping someone might be able to answer a Filson non-bag related question. My google searches have not produced an answer. Does anyone know which of these two labels is older? The diamond or the oval? What is confusing me is that in both cases shown below, they are still using "Lot" #'s and not "Style", which from my research they transitioned to sometime in the 80's after Filson was sold. I have always assumed the diamond logo was older, as I had a jacket from 2011 (i think) that had the oval label, but seeing that oval label with a Lot # has me scratching my head. Pics below are from the web.
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With my 2nd hiatus from the forum this milestone took even longer, but that changes today. Post number 5,000 for me!! Since I started posting in August 2017 it only took me just under 4.5 years, whether or not that's a good thing is up for you to decide. As per tradition each thousand posts I pick a different avatar photo. I will admit this one hit me close to home, but thinking on it there really was no other photo I would have picked. Since I'm halfway to being called a Dinosaur on Styleforum, I figured I'd create a little montage of my avatars over the years. You're going to see a trend and given my name here it might be quite obvious.

Post: 0 - 1000. Found this on Bulgang & Sons, which is an incredible Filson and luxury brand reseller. Check out their website, it's pretty captivating.


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Post: 1000 - 2000. This was pretty early on in my Filson journey around Jan. 2018. These were my only 2 Filson's after selling my 24HR, so that's three straight Otter Greens. The table in the backdrop has been in my family for over 100 years.

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Post: 2000 - 3000. Mid 2018 this is still one of the best photos I've ever taken. Pre-Filson of Great Jones NYC Pin

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Post: 3000 - 4000. Taken on a work trip to Connecticut. With the exception of my Talon No.257, everything else you see I have parted ways with. I've used this photo many times to showcase the difference in bridle leather and Otter Green Twill shades. Even in the same Era (Talon) you can see the vast differences in both, especially since at the time both were still in such well preserved condition.

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Post: 4000 - 5000. Okay by now I'm sure you can see the pattern, every picture is Filson related. I may have spent time on other conversations here, but Filson is home to me. Many of you I call my close friends, and a number of you I have met in person. We've had a meal, smoked a cigar, drank a cold one, but our conversation's were like the one we have here...extraordinary!!!

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Post Number 5000 Avatar: I was planning on using my GORUCK picture with Chance but then I came across this one and it brought a tear to my eye. He's resting his head on my most prized Filson. As you may know, we lost Chance last March and the hole that he has left in my heart and my family will never be whole again. But I wanted to commemorate his incredible life in my own way.

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May you have 5,000 more posts, Otter..
 

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I am hoping someone might be able to answer a Filson non-bag related question. My google searches have not produced an answer. Does anyone know which of these two labels is older? The diamond or the oval? What is confusing me is that in both cases shown below, they are still using "Lot" #'s and not "Style", which from my research they transitioned to sometime in the 80's after Filson was sold. I have always assumed the diamond logo was older, as I had a jacket from 2011 (i think) that had the oval label, but seeing that oval label with a Lot # has me scratching my head. Pics below are from the web.
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Great question! Before I submit my answer you must first understand Filson as a company; they have a thing for nostalgia. Well within the last decade we've seen reintroductions of past discontinued (and revised) bags, like the Sportsman and the unpadded bridle shoulder straps. These were both discontinued during the last decade or just past it. That also extends to garment labels, as seen below and wherever Bedrock Filson can sneak in the century old motto "Might As Well Have The Best". At least anywhere but on the actual garment or luggage item (website marketing or disposable tags).

Speaking of nostalgia, here is a 2012 Filson Garment using a very familiar label

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However thanks to websites like Archival Blog I believe I have located your answer. The second tag you have included was first featured on garment items in the mid to late 1960's. Before that you had this garment label, which is probably the most famous. Known simply as the "Union Made" label.

Here is my very well preserved and most likely never worn 1960 Forestry Cruiser Lot 16. Yup I paid that price too... :fonz:

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The smoking gun is from Archival Blog though. The best way to date a Filson coat is focusing on the snaps. Here is a 1930's Filson Cruiser. Observe the snaps used. The Gold snaps where typically used between the 1920's - 1930's!!!


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What bag is this? I'm looking at buying a 258 but would consider this.
It could be a prototype or a filson restoration made bag.


The silence was damning. I've shipped this off for a refund.

I'm thinking I'll unload some of my 256s, per the advice I received earlier in this thread. Are there any 'best practices' for doing this on Ebay that I should be aware of, in terms of auction vs buy-it-now, when to sell, etc.? None are of a notable era.

The compact twill briefcase is strictly made for laptops or tablet. it is not as versatile. I have seen them in person and I have seen them in person and on sale and they are just that, It is a built bag for a specialty purpose. The fabric is same as their rugged twill but It is not as versatile as the OG briefcase. If you are okay with that then buy it.
 

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The most underrated and under appreciated product that filson ever made and yet they discontinue it. The travel tray.
Any time i go out, I always take one. Can be folded flat and turn into a tray.

 

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