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Coach Ergo Hobo 9020 Shoulder Bag
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Ergo Hobo 9020 Shoulder Bag
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This item may have been worn but has no visible signs of wear.
This vintage, beautifully preserved Coach bag was made in September of 1997, according to what I see in the code, and was made in the United States of glove-tanned cowhide, a process implemented by Coach in the 1940s-1950's.
The measurements of 19" height include a 12" handle drop, to the center of the bag. What appears to be the darkest of navy could also be interpreted as black. It's a tough call, but I'd go with dark navy.
In marvelous condition, no wear noticed, but a couple very small, almost imperceptible scratches on the front/back, and some buffing on the lower corners, shown in pic. I've conditioned the thirsty leather with some lotion, and it's a glowing Coach Ergo Shoulder bag hobo, ready to wear.
Vintage Coach bags were made with a variety of leathers, but most common was glove-tanned. The vintage glove-tanned leather was from a heavy/medium-weight cowhide with very specific processing and tanning unique to Coach. It was described as such because the method the leather was processed and tanned was similar to baseball gloves. This method gave it extra durability and certain characteristics. Although the cowhide is full grain, the Coach unique process would allow a patina to form beautifully. A glove-tanned patina forms similar to a baseball glove in that initially the purse could scar easily, but eventually the scuffs oxidize and blend.. These purses were built to last for years - and they did. Just like a baseball glove, the leather wore in well.. While the glove-tanned hides would form a patina, some of the aniline full grains used later would lose that characteristic because of the process in which it was prepared. Milled and tumbled leather for instance would make the leather softer and partially waterproof, allowing less oxidation. Therefore, the patina doesn't form like on the vintage bags. Coach no longer used glove-tanned predominantly after the late 90s.
Fri 8/25/17 - Mon 8/28/17 (4-7 days)
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