I’ve been on the lookout for a nice attache case with a blotter/writing desk section built in for awhile, they’re somewhat rarer in the thrifts than I expected them to be – but persistence pays:
The bottom part has an expandable accordion section, so while a Hermes Rocket/Empire Aristocrat will fit when it’s set at it’s skinniest, I can also unsnap the expansion to allow a taller machine like a Brother JP-1 to fit. My AR-7 is in storage, so I couldn’t test whether or not I can go “full Bond” and fit the proper collapsible rifle in there, but I suspect I can. Q would be proud, I think.
The writing desk section is removable, and has “blotter pad” style paper holders on the side that very nicely holds a small stack of legal-sized cotton bond paper for writing/sketching, and for once, little kids in the thrift store didn’t screw up the lock combinations, so I can actually lock/unlock it.
The foam blocks keep the Aristocrat nice and snug, but I may eventually replace them with some sort of padded leather pencil boxes for more storage, if I can find a pair in the appropriate size, color and style. Sadly, I did not find 50 gold Sovereigns hidden in the lining. That would have been nice. (: