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The Counterfeit Mailbag.

I borrowed the original from a friend, a retired mailman who, like thousands before him, was kind enough to test it out on the tree-lined streets of small towns everywhere. Before we were born.

It’s simply perfect as a device for carrying important ideas and feelings back and forth. And the same as with those old and scarce and beautiful mailbags, people will look forward to seeing what you’ve got inside.

The Counterfeit Mailbag (No. 1005). Containing one vast unzippered pocket and another zippered. Shoulder strap and handle. Strong, soft leather that will only get better. Imported.

Dimensions: Exterior: 15" Long x 7" Wide x 12 ½" Tall. Zippering Opening: 8" Long. Pocket: 5 ½" Deep x 8" Wide.

Color: Brown.

How to take care of the Mailbag: The first scratch will kill you, but in fact, it's the first step in the right direction: patina.

So the sooner it gets scratched, nicked, bumped, dug, hit, squeezed, dropped, bent, folded, and rained on, the better. Really.

When you receive your mailbag, it's so fiercely new looking I'm almost ashamed of it. But there's no choice. It would cost too much to pre-age each mailbag before sending it out to a customer. (Antiques cost more than new, for a reason.)

Here's my recipe for “accelerating” the aging process. First, spend one day (the day you get it) the way it is. Brand new. Then, the next day, scratch it all over with your fingernails. Lightly. This will horrify you, at first. Then, spray-mist it with plain water, lightly. Let it dry. The scratches will lose their rawness. They will look old. Repeat this treatment as often as you can stand to; once a week for 5 weeks. Then once a year. (Clean mailbag with plain water only. Not petrochemicals, not oils, not detergents, not mystery solvents, not leather “cremes.” It will do just fine with plain water and will outlast both of us.)

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By KWagner
Rhode Island
Confirmed User
I have seriously coveted this bag for about 5 years. I have asked for it for every Christmas, but never dared hope. It is kind of pricey and with three young children ...well you knowsome things just get put on the back burner at Christmas time. This year, with the 12 days of Christmas sale, I checked and sent texts to my husband every. single. day. He and my oldest daughter got the hint (thank heavens). It is everything I thought it would be. My husband told me that he liked my bag so much that he might just hound me for the next five years until he gets one for himself. I am over the moon with this bag...I see it in my future for many many years to come.
By JBoehm
Chicago, IL
Confirmed Buyer
Just like you imagine...
Soft, supple leather. Although I owned this bag about 15 years ago and the leather seemed considerably lighter in color then. Now, it is more a cinnamon color. Not bad, just a little different. Wish they hadnt moved production to China. The stitching seems a little shoddy in a few places, but nothing to get upset about. Otherwise, beautiful bag that will garner numerous compliments.
By EWillis
Confirmed Buyer
Pretty cool!
I really didnt know what to expect but was sure of getting something interesting and capable of replacing an old leather bag bought right out of boot camp. After getting the Mailbag and then soon after receipt traveling to Europe and Africa with the stiff cow-hide bag...I found it to be exceptionally useful. It was large enough as a carry-on and a three-day bag. And for those that like to get attention...this bag does it. Four people in different locales remarked about the bag. I came home from my travels loving my new purchase and am glad to share this with all of you!
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