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SOLD! Vintage COACH Essex Briefcase/ Travel Bag (Style 5274) in Black Glove-Tanned Cowhide

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chuck hustle

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Oct 29, 2011
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DESCRIPTION: Large vintage Coach Essex Briefcase, style #5274 (Made in USA). Soft, black glove-tanned cowhide that's lovingly broken in. Brass turn-locks on front flap, carry handle, adjustable shoulder/ crossbody strap, original Coach hang tag. Tons of storage in this one! Two large interior divided compartments, zip pocket, front slip pocket with card and pen slips, large exterior back slip pocket. Great work/ school/ commuting bag w/ plenty of room for books, laptop, and everything you'll need.

HISTORY: This is an older Coach Leatherware Made in USA briefcase/ commuter bag between that dates from1980s to early 1990s based on the creed/ registration numbering format. That would place it among some of Coach's earliest briefcase/ commuter bags issued for men. The Essex retailed new for $464.00 in its day and is fairly rare and hard to find. When you do, it often retails for well over $300 in good condition.

MEASUREMENTS: Length: 16", Height: 11.5", Depth: 4.5", Strap Drop: 18-20" adjustable, Handle drop: 3"

CONDITION: I would call this very good condition for its age (approx. 20 years old). This bag has been lovingly used, so the leather is well broken in, soft and pliable. There are slight signs of wear on leather piping, and on strap that include some color fading and very slight (superficial) crackling on one corner of the piping that does not in any way affect the structural integrity (and you really have to look for it). There is a VTG patina to the brass and signs of normal use. This bag is clean inside and out. No ink marks, cigarette or musty odors. Leather has been conditioned and polished to restore to its best possible condition. Lots of use left on this classic and durable Coach bag. ***Note: includes brand new brass replacement turn locks on front flap and new leather shoulder pad for strap.***

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***Please visit my Etsy shop, Chuck's Trading Post, for more vintage COACH bags and classic American vintage apparel and accessories, including Ray Ban, Gant, Pendleton, Levi's, Ralph Lauren, Sebago, Bass, Woolrich, and Lacoste to name a few.


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