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The J Peterman Aviator Briefcase


What a gem. Vintage J. Peterman aviator briefcase, also known as the Air Corps 1928 Briefcase (after the original inspiration behind the design). Made entirely from thick smooth british tan leather with solid brass hardware. Top handle case opens by way of a turnlock and double buckled straps to reveal all the interior action - very large snap pocket, 3 pen slots, two deep patch pockets and additional XL slip compartment behind (under the flap). The craftsmanship on this bag is unparalleled and will only get better with use and time!

Label: The J. Peterman Company • Made in Lexington, Kentucky
Content: Leather and Brass
Circa: 1990s
Condition: Great / distressing to leather and a few light water stains, but quality of leather is so nice that these flaws are hardly noticed

/// Style No. B836

*** the original story from the J. Peterman catalog:  

1928 Air Corps Briefcase 1928 Air Corps Briefcase. People send us things they're afraid of disappearing from the face of the earth; not Brazilian rain forests, obviously, but little one-of-a-kind things contributing in some way to a sense of well-being. Things proving that somebody, somewhere, still knows how to do something. Or once did. (I'm personally haunted by the thought that any morning now I'm going to wake up and hear that the only man in the world who still knew how to build a fireplace died in his sleep the night before.) This Air Corps Briefcase (No. 2593) came to us through the mail with a few words of explanation. None needed. I grabbed the thing and left on an extended trip. I lived with it under fire. So many briefcases these days have an overly refined appearance; effete, in fact. Even prissy. They look like they could cost $1,200 and some do. But they are less well-prepared to resist the bumps and gouges of the world than the surface of your eye. The appearance of this Air Corps thing is very much the opposite. You could imagine Lindbergh taking it along with him, filled with maps, wrenches and a ham sandwich. Handsome, and definitely not prissy. Strong straps cinch it shut, as necessary. A quick turn latch hold the flap down, otherwise, for quick ins and outs. Dimensions: 17 1/4" wide 12" high and 3" deep. The genius of the thing is inside, the result of a collaboration between an Air Corps officer and a Navy Commander. An unfolding series of compartments provides spaces to hold and batten down pens, papers, calculators, books, possibly a shirt or two, and a copy of the Frankfurter Zeitung.”


Notes - large size, has two large portfolio sized compartments, two patch pockets, 3 pen holders

Width: 17 1/4" (30" when open fully)
Height: 12"
Depth: 3" to 4 1/2"

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