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Filson Original Briefcase #256 Cotton Twill - $150

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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Filson
model name / number: Original Briefcase #256
size / dimensions: 16” x 4" x 12.5”

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Filson Original Briefcase Style #256

Asking $150 local (Missoula); $175 if shipped (CONUS, ships from Montana)

Includes original Filson lock with keys (apparently, up to $50 value by itself, judging from web sales listings)

You see on the label this is from 2005. The briefcase for sale here is vintage (#256 and not #70256). The newer version is still available and listed at $495 new. The new version is not quite the same for production features. The one for sale here has two full-width front pockets, a top “storm” flap snaps across and over the top zipper, and there are two narrow side (gusset) exterior pockets (where you clip the shoulder strap, open the full depth). There are two full-length interior dividers. Another way to tell this is the “vintage version” is, you can see it has the 6 sewn-in divider pockets on one of the internal dividers to organize storage for pen, pencil, stylus, flashlight or pocket knife, cables, wall wart, phone, tablet, e-reader.

Made of rugged (22 oz) lightly-waxed (water repellant; don't put this in a washing machine; wipe or brush only) cotton twill (a rather stiff and classic looking canvas) construction with bridle leather handles and brass accents. Double-layer reinforced bottom. You can tell this has been only lightly used (as seen in the photos) with no abrasion or worn-through areas. The patina develops over time, making it even more appealing. “Tough chic” is how I would describe it.

Nonsmoking household
Tan (medium brown, not pale)
YKK zippers (very hunky brass teeth)
13L volume
Official dimensions are 16” x 12.5” x 4”
Claimed weight 3lb 5oz

This listing does not include the removable shoulder/cross-body leather strap; I moved recently and don’t find it. I hardly used it, and put it away years ago. For an over-the-shoulder strap, I like a webbing strap and I like being able to change them out for different lengths, colors, effect, needs. A webbing strap is more comfortable if you carry it cross-body, since it doesn’t chafe and it flexes more easily. I prefer to carry it and not wear it, anyway.

Here’s a review and it's their favorite pick:
https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/our-favorite-briefcases/

An employer handed these out for year-end gifts, so it is monogramed and the company name also is embroidered. The stitching can be carefully removed and the canvas should be just fine; or, it can be covered with a custom embroidery label.

Filson products are known for their durability, lifetime warranty, and overall rugged style. Their products often last a lifetime, part of the “buy it for life” concept. You can search the web to find all the info you need:
https://filsonfan.com/category/history/

And search on this:
“Filson Original Briefcase 256 tan.”

I know these are highly sought after, so I am offering a lower price for local pickup, and I will cover the shipping cost over the additional $25 I am asking, if you need it shipped CONUS. If you are out of the US, we can negotiate on shipping.

Please see the images. Take a good look and ensure it is correct for your application before buying. All sales final. Images provided for reference and are the actual product.

Use the CL contact system here to send your cell # or email info, to be contacted by me off of CL.

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