First and foremost, the leather used. Il Bisonte is a brand world famous for the quality of its leather goods (leave it to the Italians), but I have to say that the leather these cases are composed of is especially unique... They are, in my opinion, the perfect combination.
One of the cases is a very deep brown, the other, a more caramel hue. The leather at the exterior is smooth, glossy, sleek. They hold their shape very well, a sort of reinforced leather. Despite their vintage status, this shape has not lost its structure over time - a testament to the quality of their Il Bisonte build. Across the front center, the unmistakable Il Bisonte Leaping Bison.The logo is meticulously etched, with a wonderful attention to detail. It is not dull or obscure, but rather clear, sharp, easily identifiable. Just below this lovely hand etched addition is the world famous brand name Il Bisonte. The back and sides of both cases are left blank - beautiful canvas's of perfect leather - in no need of any further design elements that would distract from the beautiful material. The way in which these cases function is brilliantly simple, yet aesthetically sound. The bottoms of both cases were left "arched" or "bowed, " which allows for your fingers to easily grasp the interior (pull out, slide in) leather housing compartments of the cases.
The interior compartments slide out completely, and on the front of the interior housing compartments you will find that they are stamped Made in Italy. The insides are a soft leather, light in hue which creates a lovely sense of contrast when juxtaposed to the deep brown leather exteriors. Again, while these cases where made to hold cigarettes, their delicate, soft interior allows for you to keep any fragile valuable you choose without having to worry about your item being scratched. When you are looking for "vintage" items, it is my opinion that what you are really looking for is the perfect balance. You want something that appears as though it is indeed an aged work of art, but you do not want something that looks like it is falling apart.
On the other hand, you don't want something that appears brand new, either - again, the perfect balance. THAT, is what this set is all about.
They are the perfect balance between each other in their similar, but not identical hues. They are balanced in structure, with equal consideration being given to the interior of the cases as was given the exterior of the cases during the design process. And they are, perhaps most importantly, perfectly balanced in their vintage complexion. They have that wonderful - sought after - "aged" look, while maintaining their structural integrity. Aside from some scuffs here and there, the only noticeable sign of wear comes at the lighter hue case.At the top right of the front of the case there is a "divot" of sorts - not a tear, not a hole, but just a compression. In my opinion, this makes the case... It adds character, without compromising the piece structurally. No stains, no tears, no holes. So, there you have it.... That "perfect balance" duo that will endure for years to come. These cases measure about 3 1/2 inches height, by 2 1/2 inches length when closed.
When opened all the way up, the cases measure about 5 inches in height, by 2 1/2 inches length. I will get back to you promptly. The item "RARE Genuine Il Bisonte Cigarette Case/Business Card Holder Leather 1980" is in sale since Wednesday, June 24, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Tobacciana\Cases".
The seller is "nae_mud_1iupyzywe" and is located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. This item can be shipped worldwide.