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1950s Handpainted Leather

1950s Handpainted Leather "Double" Bookmakers Bag

This is a sensational piece! Beautiful quality and design, it was designed for bookmakers specializing in horse racing, a double bag for carrying large amounts of cash at night through the rough and tumble parts of Sydney, Australia. You can just see the fog, and the dubious man following in shadow, so the second bag is to hide the purpose and name of vendor. A double bag for double protection, the internal bag is heavy duty white leather with three-dimensional writing that looks like something the flim-flam salesman would have carried from town to town. It has chrome snaps and reads P.E. Todd, City Tattersalls Club which was formed in 1895 by a group of twenty bookmakers disgruntled with a judge’s decision on a race; they left the established club and formed the City Tattersalls Club. The outer bag is a handsome soft leather bag, which is attached to the internal bag, overall measurement is 12x21" and the whole thing is in EX-MT condition.


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