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Posted 5 years ago


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My niece is a skilled leather craftsman and I took these pictures of my collection for a binder I gave her for Christmas. It had a 1920's leather manual w/patterns I bought from ebay. But these are the pictures that she likes to refer to for ideas on joins and cut.

I use the black bag and #2 pic two-tone the most. Also favorites of mine are the colorful clutch lower left #1 pic and the cowhide black & white small clutch on step 3. Since this picture I've added a few more Arts & Crafts era tooled purses too.

I have them all displayed above my book shelf so can enjoy them everyday....and yes, they need to be dusted off now that I think about it.


  1. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
    Thank you RussTenale and mustangtony for loving these old leather treasures.
  2. bratjdd bratjdd, 5 years ago
    You have a Wonderful Collection!!!!
  3. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    I loved the tooled purses !
  4. epson233 epson233, 5 years ago
    always loved the tooled leather handbags and have restored many for other -- just did my post to you can take a peak

    anything leather -- be it brief cases, notebooks, cosmetic bags, coats etc etc i just totally love

    nice posting and thank you

    autumn or epson233 on this site
  5. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
    Thank you bratjdd, birdie, manikin and autumn for your nice comments. Tooled purses and belts tend to dry out and look really bad so they don't have good reputation in the vintage world - except thank you - for those of us who care for them and give them some TLC.
  6. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
    Thank you trunkman, amberrose, Bellin, and walk softly for your love.
  7. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
    Thank you autumn at Epson for posting your tooled restored handbag. I enjoy leather goods too so let's keep chatting on best ways to take care of them. Thank you!
  8. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
    Thank you vintagemad and Phil for your love.
  9. epson233 epson233, 5 years ago
    val -- did you take a look at the goodwill couch posting -- here it is again

    there is some good information on saving money when doing leather work
  10. epson233 epson233, 5 years ago
    love furs also-- but i only buy vintage -- as i do not what hunters going after the animals -- when one wears clothing well i sometimes wonder -- will it start a rage -- as what is going on currently in spain and the new fashion for furs -- but what do you do -- i just like to stay warm and enjoy them -- always a mental brain teasers -- they should not go to the landfills -- so struggle with this one as i am animal lover from the get go -- i would place the car in a spin out to save a rabbit -- or turtle -- but i always get lucky as the car comes through etc etc -- good thinks happen to good people who try and do what is right
  11. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
    Well - those vintage furs need to be recycled, not just left to dry out and rot because PC fashionistas are afraid to wear them. Back in the Midwest in the early 80's I had 2: beautiful 1950's long A-line grey Persian lamb and a brown 1940's or 50's car length coat. I loved them so much and got a lot of use out of them even throwing them on top of the quilts on the coldest nights. Some old coats have been remade into "patchwork" quilts or pillows which I think is a great idea. It never gets cold enough here so I don't have any fur anymore. Enjoy chatting w/you!
  12. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
    Thank you vintagemad and Phil for your love!
  13. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
    thank you toolate2 and Michael for your love - regards, Val
  14. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 8 months ago
    That's crazy, the fourth photo is a purse just like mine with the cutouts! Wow. And then I do see you have the other one that does have the cutouts. Very cool!
  15. thegatherer thegatherer, 8 months ago
    Very nice collection. I have two myself and
    use one of them all the time. I get a lot of
    comments on it. Thank you for sharing.
  16. valentino97 valentino97, 8 months ago
    Thanks gatherer! I love them and have them displayed on top a wall unit so I can see them now as I write you :-)

    Thanks again Share - but your's is so much nicer than mine. The leather can dry out, so I have to condition them once a year or so.

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