in glossy black congo leather with dark bronze finish hardware.
A perfectly proportioned East West baguette with a neat, fold-over top beneath the front flap, its wonderfully comfortable on the shoulder and exceptionally light for such a solid, craftsman made peice.
Lightly carried, the leather is fabulous. A deep, consistent black congo with a well spaced and deeply embossed print, its wonderfully glossy with just some minor scratches to the surface on the base.
Still stiff and nicely shaped, though semi-structured its not hard sided and the leather will relax with time and use....its a hide that just gets better and better with age.
Corners are unworn and the construction of the bag includes layered leather joins at the seams which look like 'nicks' in the close up photos above, but aren't at all. Similarly, there are some tiny threads visible around the edge seams, (as shown in photo 8) which again are a part of the natural make-up of the bag.
Inking, (edge sealant) is all intact throughout and the shoulder straps are wonderfully firm, without any wear.
The reason for the * rating is due to the scratches to the hardware, as is inevitable with this finish. Friction rubs can be noted between the undersides of the plates and surface scratches around the turnlock hole on the Postman's Lock Plate. The turnlock sides display loss of finish though this is difficult to notice in normal use.
Fully lined in pristine black Mulberry tree fabric with an internal slip pocket, its a vintage delight that will continue to serve for years and years to come.
No serial number on the reverse of the disc as this Gosford was produced during a time Mulberry didn't put them on all bags.
A photo of the bag on the mannequin (a UK size 8) is provided though please remember this can have the effect of making bags look larger than they are on a standard person.