A spectacular vintage Abercrombie and Fitch  c.1905-1909 tan hide leather portable travel bar / suit
Lot 116
A splendid vintage portable bar by Abercrombie and Fitch, circa 1905,
Sold for US$ 11,590 inc. premium
Lot Details
A splendid vintage portable bar by Abercrombie and Fitch, circa 1905,
leather hand stitched cased set with leather carrying handle, lid opening to reveal fitted compartment housing two large glass decanters on either end, complete with glass stoppers and steel caps, a travelling teaset which cleverly folds together, with two silver plated cups and with matching saucers housed in the lid, six stacking cups with gilt interiors, cocktail shaker is centrally located, with other accessories, the lid fitted with oval tray, bottle opener, long-handled cocktail spoon, funnel, and knife, the case 20in wide.


  • In 1892 David T. Abercrombie Co. was started, a small waterfront shop and factory in downtown New York City owned by David Abercrombie, the brand became known as a supplier of rugged, outdoor gear. Abercrombie was an inventor, an ingenious designer of tents, rucksacks and other camping equipment. It was his love of the great outdoors that inspired him to begin Abercrombie & Co., a shop dedicated to selling only the highest-quality camping, fishing and hunting gear. His clientele consisted mostly of professional hunters, explorers and trappers. A man named Ezra Fitch, a successful lawyer in Kingston, New York, spent all of his free time trekking the slopes of the Adirondacks and casting flies into the streams of the Catskill, in his search for exceptional outdoor gear, he had come to rely upon David Abercrombie's shop, becoming one of its most devoted customers. He was so devoted, in fact, that in 1900 he had convinced David Abercrombie to let him buy into the business and become a partner. In addition to the more standard types of outdoor goods. They had a selection of exotic sporting equipment that would make the imagination reel: hot air balloons, yachting pennants, portable trampolines, treadmills for exercising dogs, throwing knives, shirts of chainmail, leopard collars, and everything a person could possibly need for falconry. Abercrombie & Fitch outfitted many great hunting and exploration expeditions, like Theodore Roosevelt's trips to Africa and the Amazon and Robert Peary's expedition to the North Pole. Ernest Hemingway bought his guns there. Presidents Hoover and Eisenhower relied on them for the best fishing equipment. Other famous clients included Amelia Earhart, Presidents Taft, Harding and Kennedy, the Duke of Windsor, Bing Crosby, Howard Hughes, Katharine Hepburn, Greta Garbo and Clark Gable.