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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Antique Leather Briefcase Restored

Every now and then, I get to restore a piece of history.
This antique leather briefcase dates back to the 1940's 
and was a beautiful crafted piece of days gone by.


The first thing I had to address was the leather which was dried out. 
This happens over time and is made worse if stored in an attic which gets extremely hot.


In this case, it didn't appear to be subjected to a lot of heat.
The brass was tarnished which is normal considering it's age. 
Some of the rust stains had been rubbed onto the leather. 
I was concerned that these stains might not totally come out.
There were also dark stains from where it had laid against something. 


After hours of work, I'm proud to say that the leather 
and metal pieces cleaned and polished up very well. 



As I was working, I admired the craftsmanship that went into making this briefcase; from the 
inlaid rope that bordered the edges to the detailed pictures chiseled in the leather.




You can see from this closeup how the detail pops out 
once it has been properly finished and polished.


I thoroughly enjoyed restoring this leather piece.

If you have leather items that have been stored and lost 
there brilliancy, I can usually restore them.

E-mail larry@americandrycleaners.net 
Be sure to attach pictures of the item you wish restored.


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