Carefully salvaged from vintage military duffel bags, these keychains were constructed out of leather that was once used in 1950s duffel bags, carried by soldiers. Each piece of leather was used to carry the bags in a backpack style. Each keychain is totally unique, and because of its age and use, has its own personality. The aged vegtan (or bark-tanned) leather is stiff and beautifully cracked. The top of the leather was dyed black, with the underside being left natural. I have conditioned and treated the leather before constructing the keychain to make the leather more supple and durable, and to try to repair damage that was caused by age. This is a perfect piece for any history buff, military personnel, or leather connoisseur. As any leather, the leather will grow softer and more beautiful the more it's used, and the oils from our hands penetrate it. You're also encouraged to further treat or condition the leather yourself. Imagining the women or men who constructed each duffel bag, who worked in the tanneries during or between wars, imagining the soldiers who carried the bags is my favorite thing about these keychains. An enormous amount of work and history is in each piece.My process:After removing the leather pieces from the vintage military duffel bag straps, I treat the leather with a high quality leather conditioner. I remove many of the linen or cotton stitches as possible (I do leave a few in to add to the character of each piece), and using the original metal hardware from the bags, I create the keychain by hand-setting three copper rivets, adding a solid metal trigger snap, and a 1.5" flat keyring. Approximate measurements:3/4" x 13.5" (leather strap open)3/4" x 7" (leather strap folded in half)3/4" x 9" (leather strap folded in half, plus trigger snap)
Please note: You will receive a keychain that is similar to the ones pictured, but as they are all different, the exact one you are sent will be a mystery and a surprise!
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