Jul 21, 2011

Vintage 1940's-1950's BELL SYSTEM Canvas & Leather Tool Bags

1940's BELL SYSTEM lineman's tool bag #1 in faded canvas duck w/ stencil
 Bag #1 features roller buckles for closure straps
Bag #2 also with stencil but having more original green color remaining
Black hardware including rivets and faux roller buckles for straps provide a nice detail on this 2nd 1940's version
BELL SYSTEM canvas & leather bag #3, manufactured by Klein-Buhrke. This model replaced the stenciled logo with the same screened logo later used on the Naugahyde & leather bags. I believe this bag to date from the early 1950's
Taking into account that these bags are anywhere from 50 to 70 years old and were used for work, examples as clean and nice as this 3rd version are few and far between. While this bag does have some nice sun fade, the canvas retains much of its original green color. Except for some minor damage to the leather bottom, all leather is in excellent shape with wonderful aged patina and the inside of this bag looks to have seen little to no use

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