US Mail Bag Merit Leather 1968 Restoration

Restauration of US Mail Bag 1968 by Merit Leather. 60 x 42 x 12 cm.

It was a hell of a work but for sure worth it. Merit leather sadly used a bad thread or did not wax it, so all the stitches were breaking apart. Good news however they used good leather.  So to rescue this unique piece I did it right and completly took the bag apart and redid everything. I used solid copper rivets and waxed Gruschwitz Linen thread 18/5. It was all saddlestitched by hand and I´m very convinced that falling apart seams are no issues for the further decades of use of this bag.

It was quite a time consuming project but I have to say I learned a lot. One thing is to use the best materials you can get and do stuff the right way or leave it. E.g. the Swiss Army Leatherpieces I collect are sometimes nearly twice as old but I never had a breaking thread. So something the saddlers there did obviously better. This piece will find a nice place at my leatherworkshop. 
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8 thoughts on “US Mail Bag Merit Leather 1968 Restoration

  1. Vince

    Nice job Alex,the leather and the stitching look great must have been very time consuming but looks like the end result was worth it.

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    1. Alex Post author

      Hello Vince, since i split the work on it over several weekends it always started with the enthusiasm to finish it soon.

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      1. caddydeville1976

        Hello Alex I have just received my Brave Star selvage jeans today 18.5 ounce and I am very pleased and looking forward to personalizing them. 

        Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

      2. Alex Post author

        it will get nicer and nicer every day, hard to find stuff like this anymore. most stuff gets uglier und uglier with every hour after you left the store.

      1. Vince

        Wow! Really nice leather projects!! It is nice to see someone take pride and joy in their work,great work Alex!

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