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I have had a set of beautiful, what appears to be old saddle bags, which I'm interested in knowing more about.
Having just retired as an artist, due to several physical handicaps, I no longer am able to ride, and would like to find out more about the bags I've had in storage for several years. ie: where they come from and current unrestored value.
I plan on taking some pics which should be available very soon. Hopefully, this will be the place to start....thank you.
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What's the material? Leather, fiberglass, ABS? Or is that the info you are looking for? You know what, some pictures would certainly help.;) ;) ;)
 

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We'd like to have a look at them, or maybe I should say, some of us would like a look.

(I'll take a look.)
I have had a set of beautiful, what appears to be old saddle bags, which I'm interested in knowing more about.
Having just retired as an artist, due to several physical handicaps, I no longer am able to ride, and would like to find out more about the bags I've had in storage for several years. ie: where they come from and current unrestored value.
I plan on taking some pics which should be available very soon. Hopefully, this will be the place to start....thank you.
Stay tuned!
 

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My first thought when I looked at them was older Harley Davidson bags, maybe off a Softail.

I think someone adapted them to another bike and added those aluminum plates on them.
 

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Thanks Retired Guy for the feedback. Hopefully someone will recognize where they come from.
 

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I did a little searching and I found 3 sets of saddle bags somewhat similar to yours. They all had the metal plates attached to them. From what I read they came from the 50's and were custom made for the Harley Panhead and Knucklehead motorcycles as well as Indians.
One of the three I found were claimed to be off a 1947 Harley Flathead motorcycle. Apparently the mounting brackets for these type of saddle bags can still be purchased through J&P Cycles (from what I read concerning one of the three sets).
I did not find a set that exactly matches what you have, and yours may be from the 60's.
 

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They all had the metal plates attached to them.
I saw those half moon mounting plates too but since they didn't exactly match I just wasn't sure. But they were very similar so if nothing else you could say that's what they are and who would challenge you except someone that might have the exact ones. But I do think they are Harley bags.
 

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I did a little searching and I found 3 sets of saddle bags somewhat similar to yours. They all had the metal plates attached to them. From what I read they came from the 50's and were custom made for the Harley Panhead and Knucklehead motorcycles as well as Indians.
One of the three I found were claimed to be off a 1947 Harley Flathead motorcycle. Apparently the mounting brackets for these type of saddle bags can still be purchased through J&P Cycles (from what I read concerning one of the three sets).
I did not find a set that exactly matches what you have, and yours may be from the 60's.
I did a little searching and I found 3 sets of saddle bags somewhat similar to yours. They all had the metal plates attached to them. From what I read they came from the 50's and were custom made for the Harley Panhead and Knucklehead motorcycles as well as Indians.
One of the three I found were claimed to be off a 1947 Harley Flathead motorcycle. Apparently the mounting brackets for these type of saddle bags can still be purchased through J&P Cycles (from what I read concerning one of the three sets).
I did not find a set that exactly matches what you have, and yours may be from the 60's.
 

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Wow thanks for the research Retired Guy, This is the best information I've seen yet. You're the man. If you had to guess a ballpark value, any clue? Thanks again
 

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As a side line to my Computer, IT and ISP business, I own and operate a retail leather store and personally make almost anything made from the textile Leather.

Thousands of craftsmen like myself have made custom saddlebags like those for probably over 100 years so trying to determine who, when, where and for what bike will probably be futile.

I can tell that they are 'custom made' by the attention to detail, over use of detailing and expensive hardware such as decorative snaps and rivets. Assembly line production won't allow such customization, in the 'OLD DAYS' if indeed these bags are from the 50's as they would have been expensive compared to the plane ones.

However, Indian motorcycles sells absolutely BEAUTIFUL and very expensive Leather bags that are assembly line made in quantity @ $1,000 to $1,500 per set plus mounting hardware.

Maybe Larry, HogCowboy can post a picture of his absolutely beautiful leather bags on his Indian:)

The nice leather bags on my Indian Scout look like trash compared to Larry's.

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There's no way I could place a monetary value on your saddle bags. If I were you, I'd look for similar bags that are for sale. Read what condition they're in, how much they're asking, then compare them to your own bags.
Good luck.
 

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There's no way I could place a monetary value on your saddle bags. If I were you, I'd look for similar bags that are for sale. Read what condition they're in, how much they're asking, then compare them to your own bags.
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Maybe Larry, HogCowboy can post a picture of his absolutely beautiful leather bags on his Indian:)
Mine are not leather Sam. Thanks for the compliment. They do make a some very nice leather bags though.
 
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