When I was shopping at the flea market in Raleigh, NC last Thanksgiving, I purchased this very old alligator doctor’s bag for $20.
It was an unusual purchase for me. It’s not very practical, it doesn’t serve a purpose. It’s not something I’ll use in a bunch of photo shoots. But I knew it was something I wanted for me. Something I would keep and enjoy (at least for a little while.)
I love the clasp, the handle, the crinkled leather (Is alligator skin leather?), and the fact it once served a special purpose. This piece has amazing patina. I tried to imagine the doctor who carried this bag. Was it used for many years? Given as a gift for graduating medical school? Or perhaps given by a grateful town to a doctor who served them faithfully over a career?
Who knows what the history is? But I love guessing about it…
There’s one thing I do know, though… I’m glad I’m not having my gallbladder removed by a doctor making a house call, carrying a bag like that. I’m so thankful for modern medicine!
I go in for my surgery tomorrow morning (EST), so I’d appreciate your prayers for safety and a quick recovery.