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    Posted 5 years ago

    LOUMANAL
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    I picked this up at a weekend garage sale from a French couple who immigrated to Canada 25 years ago. It had been in their family for generations but no one remembered when it was acquired. I'm hoping that Military or Postal buffs will recognize this old satchel.....who knows, it may have been used to carry secret information to Napoleon himself. It has one compartment on the front that closes with a toggle, a brass purse-like closure that locks and when opened reveals 3 compartments. It also has a secure waist length carrying strap. The leather is quite thick and overall, the satchel measures 10" by 8" by 3" thick. Has anyone ever seen a similar satchel or can you offer a guess on it's age? Thanks for your input. RER

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    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      That is really nice!!! I take it you don't have a key....
    2. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 5 years ago
      Thanks Efesgirl for the comments and love. I have a box of old tubular keys somewhere, I'm sure that I'll be able to find one that does the job. Bob
    3. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 5 years ago
      Thank you NevadaBlades, vetraio50 and Rick55 for the love. RER
    4. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 5 years ago
      Thank you jscott0363 and mikelv85 for the love. RER
    5. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Love old leather bags....this is gorgeous!!!
    6. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 5 years ago
      Thank you TassieDevil for the comments and love. RER
    7. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 5 years ago
      Thank you aldo78 for the love. RER
    8. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 5 years ago
      Should these old Leather antiques be cleaned/restored with leather cleaners or "leave as is". RER
    9. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      Possibly, you may find initials or hallmark on the metal hinges. Apologies for the way I need to explain this at the moment, but that's all I have right now... ;) Wait...an answer to a question is no, don't clean it! I have finally got that bizarre thing in my head...people want it as is, grungy or not. I don't understand that for myself but that's the way it is. Just go to where the metal is hinged on the sides there and look at the tab that allows the opening and closing. You may find something there. I really hope you understand what I'm trying to say. Frustrating!
    10. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 5 years ago
      Thanks shareurpassion for your input and love. I did find a SGDG and another tiny logo on the toggle in front. There are no markings on the brass closure/frame inside and outside. The SGDG apparently was first used in 1844 and stopped being used in 1968. It stands for "Sans Garantie du Gouvernement" or indirectly patent pending. Can't make out the tiny logo. RER

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