1800s Leather Covered Tin Lunch Box Vintage Small Box Case Bag Suitcase Tackle ?
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1800s Leather Covered Tin Lunch Box Vintage Small Box Case Bag Suitcase Tackle ?:
It is lunch box sized, about 9 inches by 6 inches by almost 6 inches to top of handle. But I am not really sure if it's a lunchbox, a sample box, or a tackle box or a general purpose tote box. It looks too fancy to be a tool box, and the compartments too small to even hold a large screwdriver or wrench.
I can't read anything, if there was every anything on the top metal above the lock.On the lock I can read under magnification "PAT'I MAR 69" above a star.I think the star is the trademark for the Star Lock Company, which made locks in the late 1800s.I would date this from 1869 to 1900, but I can't be sure.
The leather is old and some of the sewing on the top has been repair or damaged. The design, holding the handle to the leather only top would seem to stress the top sewing. The sides other than the top seem to be in better shape. Please take a close look at the pictures to see the condition of the leather and sewing. If you were going to use for anything other than display, the leather needs to be sprayed/sealed to prevent further chipping.
It looks like the two straps that go to the buckles have been replaced since there are in better condition than the rest of the leather.
The latch works to close it and the spring keeps it closed, but there is NO KEY.
On each side is an imprinted image of a man, a dog or some other animal, trees, The man could be carrying a gun or fishing rod, but to me it looks more like a gun with a curved stock, mostly hidden behind his body. Despite the outdoors image, the good condition of the bottom of the box would suggest city-use.
Sold AS-IS. I did not try to clean any of it. The tin and lock might clean/polish up some. I don't know if the leather can be restored.