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Just curios of anybody else has a 1917 Dated Case. I look at everyone one I see hoping to find a better one. I think the rings were added and are not original.

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I think you are right the leather would have a solid brass rivet.

I tried cleaning the verdigris build up on the brass rivet and hook with rubbing alcohol and the leather disintegrated and split at the hook and the rivet. So be warned. I read that verdigris growth is a bacterial process and can migrate to other leather and brass fittings so you shouldn't store similar items together.

The good thing about the hose bag is it would be very easy to restitch in a new leather strap, the difficult part would be sourcing a solid rivet and you would have to up size the rivet too. I gave up looking for a comparable rivet. Now I can't find were I stored the bag.
 
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