Our Americana Vintage Saddle Bag was inspired by the original Swiss Army saddle bags used in the 1920’s - 1940’s. Originally used by the Swiss Army as saddle bags for donkeys and horses, they were later converted as functional briefcase/saddle bags by adding a leather strap and a rear carry handle (not originally included). They are classic Swiss designs with minimal pockets, but very well thought-out details like a slightly dipped front panels, side cinch-straps and smartly design hinged flaps.
We have re-created the designs with almost 100% accuracy, including hand-stitched details, matching hardware and and a beautiful Horween Vegetable Tanned leather (8/9oz. hides). The bags are made from 100% leather, solid brass (nickel plated) hardware and heavy-duty #270 nylon thread, nothing more. They are unlined, without zippers or snaps and will last for generations. Each seam and stress-point is reinforced with a rivet or heavy thread, just as the original designs were.
The bags have hand-sewn buckle attachments and hand-stained and waxed edges. A true heirloom luggage item that you can pass down for generations. All designed and hand-crafted in our San Diego, California leather shop.
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