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T101 - Vintage Hornback Alligator Suitcase - SOLD 08/2017


Size: 29" wide, 9 1/2" tall, 18" deep (full size suitcase)

A beautiful, genuine hornback alligator suitcase from the early 1900's. This is a large and heavy suitcase, very high quality and well made. Thick hornback alligator hide is used on every side of the case except for the large flat bottom, which is also genuine alligator. Check the pictures below carefully and you can see how dramatic some of the hornback skin really is! The handle is in very good condition and strong. There are two brass locks which will latch, but there is no key. The three opening sides also have solid brass dowels. The bottom has small metal feet and one is missing. There is an old United States Customs label on one side but there isn't a date on it. I believe this is from the 1920's to 30's based on the style. This may have been made in Italy or other European country or in the U.S., I'm not sure. The interior has a large pocket and alligator leather straps in the lid and bottom. There is a rip in the lid and a few stains, but it is clean and has no odors. The interior has a grained finish and may be leather or other skin, but I cannot tell which. This is very old with signs of use, including a few scuffed areas and a couple small areas of the edge stitching which are worn or broken but not coming apart. This has been treated with Bick 4 professional grade leather conditioner which is recommended for exotic skins such as alligator. A large queen size pillow fits inside this case and that helps fill out the shape of the case. This is a fantastic display item and extremely hard to find. A rare collectible piece! Please email if you would like more pictures or have any questions.

Click on thumbnails for a larger view. One picture shows the suitcase beside a medium size trunk (30"x21"x16") for comparison. This is a full size suitcase.

Price: $995 plus $35 shipping within the continental U.S. by FedEx. Please e-mail for shipping rate to other areas. Thanks for visiting ThisOldTrunk.com

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