Suitcase – Crocodile Leather
This crocodile leather suitcase was once owned by a Hunter Valley, NSW mining magnate. It likely dates to 1930’s or 1940’s but that’s my best guess. Everyone else just says, “Well it’s got some age, no doubt about that…” It has a monogram branded into the top and these beautiful locks where only the top half of the lock slides to the left and right to open the case. One D ring and the handle are new. The rest of the case is original. The D ring on the right was made by Morpeth Engineer Noel Cavanagh. The handle was restored by Maitland based artisan Robert Dennerley, who sourced a small $50 piece of crocodile skin from QLD for the job. The remaining leather is inside the case, along with some leather conditioner to keep this amazing suitcase in top shape. You’ll need big muscles to carry it, should you wish to travel, as it’s rather heavy empty. Stunning as a display piece. It’s actually black all over, but I took it out into the sun to try to capture the pattern of the skin. Height: 40cm. Width:54cm Depth: 23cm.