Gladstone bags are not just Gladstone bags in the normal sense of the phrase, namely as something used to transport items or act as a fashion accessory.
To prove it, just take a look at eBay UK right now and check out other items selling with ‘Gladstone bag’ in their titles.
A great many of those items, fetching three and four hundred dollars a time, are small collectibles shaped as Gladstone bags. So an inkwell shaped as a Gladstone bag and measuring less than one inch high has recently sold on eBay UK for £351. A few days later a Brass Travel Desk Perpetual Calendar shaped as a Gladstone bag fetched £101.01, and a short while later a handful of other small items merely shaped as Gladstone bags fetched close to one hundred pounds each.
For example, on 2nd January, 2012, a silverplate vesta case shaped like a Portman Gladstone bag sold for £59.99.
It isn’t just ornaments and collectibles, or Gladstone bags per se, that fetch high prices on eBay, as a print advertisement for a Gladstone bag that sold for twenty dollars goes to show.
Also popular are cat ornaments, showing felines sitting in colourful Gladstone bags and selling consistently on eBay.com at around seventeen dollars a throw.