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I have what I think is an original case for my mid 1950’s Wheatstone Aola. The case is broken in two ways:

a) the hinge was made from leather on the outside and fabric on the inside. The leather is cracked.

b) the handle is worn to the point of imminent failure.


I’d like to restore the case.  I’ve cleaned it inside and out.  Now I need to figure out the best way to make the repairs. 

your thoughts are greatly appreciated. 

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Here's a photo of how I repaired my wife's similar case:




I cut out a strip around the hinge down to the wood with a scalpel and removed the leather. I cut a new piece from an old leather satchel that had a similar colour and thickness and glued it in place using hot hide glue. It's been in use for about 4 years now and looks better in real life than on this photo...


However, I see from your post that your case is made from only leather and fabric? Our one (also Wheatstone, but from 1939) has a wooden box covered with +/- 1mm thick leather, so you may have to be more inventive.  Perhaps you could glue a new piece of leather on the inside, if you can get the lining off without damaging it?


Good luck and I hope this helps,




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