The information you got from the ebay person is correct.
If all your bags have the creed with the glued on serial number (7 numbers - xxx-xxxx format) then they are from the mid 1970's.
If they have the 7 digit serial number as PART of the creed (not glued on) they are probably from later in the 70's thru the mid to late 80's when the serial number changed to xxxx-xxx format.
They look like lovely bags. Let me see if I can find the names of them.
I would definitely try the Lexol Conditioner (which I purchase at Pep Boys Auto Parts) though it's probably available at any auto parts store.
Good luck if you decide to sell. They are really indestructible bags.
WELL, believe it or not, i used to go to hamptons as early as the 70's and I KNOW (i was in my 20's yes baby boomer!) i went to the coach store in amagansett (east hampton) but believe me MEMORIES fade!!! the styles were quite simple then and the outlet was just adorable (i don't think it is there anymore just the east hampton one)these are beautiful bags. I would just use a leather cleaner and moisturizer.
May I ask how you happened upon them?
i went a lot in the 80's SOOO SOMETIME in that time i picked them up and they wound up in my closet then my mom's closet (she carried one brown a few times but barely) and any wear on them is just from sitting around and old age ....actually i forgot i had them!
i listed one on ebay and thought it was from early 90's until someone emailed me with the info i posted, so i decided to spruce them up and research before giving wrong info to nice new owners! lol
THANK YOUUUUU yes i will part with them once they are clean. etc......The bag in your second photo (the dark mahogany one with the rigid handles) could be a "Handle Clutch" BUT it depends on the measurements (Handle Clutch is 13 x 7 1/2 x 1 1/2).
(I think there was a larger version which was more like the size of a attache/briefcase and yours looks a little larger).
The 2 in your first photo look like the same bag - are there any differences except color? I love the longer handles. What are the dimensions?
I LOVE the color of the one in front. I would love to know if you ever decide to list them.
well i am looking at them now, i have FOUR bags
two are dark brown
BAG NUMBER ONE DARK BROWN(one pictured above the largest one)
the serial number (please excuse me i don't know the proper names and by creed i think you mean coach writing stamped inside in front of pocket?
anyway the number below the writing is also embossed into the leather not added on so must be 80's?)
the number is NO. 632-5937 I THINK hard to read
it is approx 9 1/2 inches tall and 13 inches wide and the handle is six inches across and four inches high
the bottom of bag depth is approx 3 and a half inches
this is the one that needs good cleaning and my husband has the lexol he will give it a try gently!
BAG NUMBER TWO the other dark brown (not shown) is 13 across and 7 1/2 inches high with almost same handle shape as other one six across and 4 high
it is same inside HOWEVER this one has an added stuck on number now i see what you mean it is 040-6236 so must be 70's??
this one is in much better shape especially the inside i hardly think the inside was used at all....must have just been marks on outside from closet etc..
the other two are yes almost identical except in color
BAG NUMBER THREE the tan one was used a bit and has a few pen marks inside but in great shape and has the embossed number 0326-922
it is 13 by 7 and handle rounded is 5 inches high or six if you measure from base of handle
BAG NUMBER FOUR the more orangey tan one is in AMAZIng SHAPE it looks like i bought it this year and has the tag still inside and little cloth bag inside with care instructions and information etc...
all four bags just have slight age wear on corners (i am sure will look great with cleaning)
will post more pix on next post
AND THANK YOU ALL for being so kind to me...i am always on marc jacobs forum and YSL and recently kooba but it is so nice to meet you all here!!!
i am learning so much!
(time to clean the closet!)