Sovereign Accessory for Leisure Living

I’ve shown this little bag before,  about a year and a half ago when I told how I discovered a collection I didn’t even know I had.    I’ve had this so long that I can’t recall where I found it, but I do remember that I paid $2 for it. I loved the bag and would have bought it even if it had been empty.  But to sweeten the deal, there was a little surprise inside.

This is actually a traveling mini bar.  There is room for two flasks, but one is missing.  I do have two jigger measures, both of which read “Only a thimble full.”  It really is a sweet object.

I’ve spent the day doing a much needed clean up of my office, and in doing so I uncovered several things I’d pretty much forgotten about, including this bag.  Now some experts will tell you that if you have not used something in six months or a year then you need to get rid of it.  That’s a bit drastic, especially when it comes to something this great.  Instead, I filled a big box for the humane society thrift shop with true non-essentials.

The reason I don’t use this bag is because there is a dangerously damaged strap.  At any time it could completely break in two.

The more I look at this, the more I love it and want to carry it.  Not as a bar, but as a little shoulder bag.  So I’m trying to think of a way to repair it.  The entire strap is in poor condition and will have to be replaced.  I’m hoping someone will have a clever idea on how to attach a new one.

Inside the bag I found all the original literature concerning the kit.  It is hard to believe that this cost $15.  In 1955 that would equal $126.80!


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15 responses to “Sovereign Accessory for Leisure Living

  1. It would be an adorable purse! Is it possible to cut the strap from around the rivet and leave the rivet? If so, you could make a new strap with a buttonhole to go over the rivet.

    You might also try taking it to a cobbler. Many shoe repair places have leather tools and often make custom boots and belts (at least here in TX they do – go figure). I bet it’s an easy fix with the right tools.


    • You know, your buttonhole idea might work. If I mess it up, I can then take it to a professional. I don’t even know where to find a cobbler. There used to be a fantastic old-time cobbler shop in Asheville, but it has closed.


      • I take my shoe and leather repairs to River Ridge Shoe Repair. It’s a classic hole-in-the-wall shop around the back of the River Ridge Mall, behind the fabric store. They do a good job, and will tackle purses and belts as well as shoes. I recently tried the new (or rather, I think newly relocated) West Asheville Shoe Shop at the top of Brevard Rd. just before it meets Haywood Rd., only because it’s right around the corner from my house. They did a good job on my shoes, but it took foooooooorrrreeeeeevvvveeerr, like over a month. RR always turns my things around in a few days!


  2. I was thinking you could take it to a cobbler too – which reminded me, I need to pick up a purse I just dropped off for a strap repair at our town cobbler!


  3. Those are pretty common. I’ve seen lots. Apparently there was once. Big need to carry you bar with you.


  4. Somehow I can see this in the back seat of a 1950’s sports car with wooden dash board, leather seats and a driver who wears a plaid driving cap.


  5. I just love everything about this bag. I hope you can find a way to make it usable!


  6. Hi, if you can’t get a repair done by a cobbler, how about trying Sugru? ( You’d probably only need a bit to reinforce the weak point and could mix it to match the colour – so it wouldn’t show up too much. BTW I don’t have any links to the company, just love the product. I’ve managed to hack or repair quite a few things with this amazing material 🙂


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