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The 'Carried with Us' project: handmade by Home Front Vintage in collaboration with Nat Thakur
The softest dark brown leather made into a satchel based on the design of WW2 motorcycle dispatch riders' bags. Designed to be worn cross-body or over the shoulder. The bag features an adjustable leather strap, 'sam browne' fastening in the front, zipped inner pocket for your valuables and a brass D-ring key holder. And of course lined in an original silk escape and evade map.
You won't find anything like this on the high street and as only 50 of this bag will ever be made, you are safe in the knowledge that you are part of a very special owners club. Each bag is stamped with the edition number and our stylish new collaboration logo and comes with information about the maps as well as the story and photo of 'Henry Qualtrough', the remarkable man this bag is named after.
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Comes in a Home Front Vintage dust bag.
This bag is named after Henry Percival Qualtrough was born on the Isle of Man on June 6 1924. He joined the Royal Engineers and on his 20th birthday landed on Gold Beach on D-Day and cleared mines in the path of the Allied forces. In 1958 he moved to Hong Kong as chief engineer. His work included personally taking charge of the disposal of three unexploded bombs for which he was appointed MBE (Military) in 1960. Back home he was known as 'Grumpy' to his grandchildren because he was strict but so kind.
His stepdaughter, Caroline, says “When I was first married I was desperate to have an Aga but couldn’t afford one. He said 'I will lend you the money and you can pay me back'. It was a lot of money but I paid him £100 per month. After a year he rang and said 'that'll do now girl'... I realised he just wanted to see my commitment and honesty. These were the things that he stood for. The things that were important to him. He was that kind of man.”