Spent all morning cleaning and ended up moving the furniture around in the living room (yay for spring freshness!) and I gave this telephone table a quick cushion update with some Amish country fabric!
Lovely late '40s Astral duralumin suitcase by Heston Aircraft Co, bought at yesterday's local car boot sale.
Heston Aircraft Co spent much of the war years converting fighter versions of the Spitfire into photo-reconnaissance versions. They specialised in aviation sheet-metalwork, and after the war used up their stocks of duralumin - a specially toughened type of aircraft-grade aluminium - making a range of high-end personal luggage for the growing market in commercial air-travel.
These rare cases are of flush-riveted construction, just like the aircraft the company worked on, and are finished in a crackle-texture paint; brown in this instance, but I have seen different colours.
A nice touch on this case are the aircraft-quality flush-fitted rocker latches. My other two Astral cases have the more commonly-found surface-mounted latches widely used by contemporary luggage manufacturers.