Since its introduction in the mid-19th century, the Gladstone Bag has developed into more than just a simple container for carrying working papers and other paraphernalia for doctors and lawyers of the day. Today’s Gladstone Bag is a high profile fashion accessory, used by men and women, and not only attractive but also having a much bigger interior than most modern day handbags.
To prove how popular the Gladstone Bag has become, on eBay UK today more than 200 listings are in place for Gladstone Bags from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, alongside numerous modern day designs, not all truly resembling the traditional design of a genuine Gladstone Bag.
Of older Gladstone Bags listed on eBay today, the majority are made of fine leather, usually coloured black and brown, and frequently fetching one hundred pounds plus for bags in good condition and, most importantly, with their original keys accompanying them.
Not intended to carry more than a few matchsticks or tiny amounts of perfume, on eBay you’ll also find vesta cases and perfume bottles shaped as Gladstone Bags and fetching upwards of £50 a time.