Bag, Travel

A top opening brown leather Gladstone bag. The sides of the rectangular bag fold down and join at the centre. There are metal bars with hinges at the ends which slot into each other. One metal bar has a lock in the centre, the other has a leather handle on it. One leather strap and buckle at each end fit through loops on the hinged parts of the metal bars.
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Edward Metcalf "Ironsand” Smith lived an active life. A gunsmith, entrepreneur and politician, Smith was best known for his tireless efforts to build a sustainable ironsand smelting industry in New Plymouth. In the mid 1870s he established a smelter at Te Henui, but the venture was never commercially viable. It closed in 1881. He entered politics during the 1880s and was finally elected as MHR for Taranaki in 1890. He used this Gladstone bag while on parliamentary duties and its battered condition suggests he covered plenty of miles during that time. The energetic Smith held the seat, except during the 1896-1899 term, until he died in a railway accident in 1907.
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