I can't believe how lucky I am. Yesterday evening I pulled out a vintage leather suitcase stuffed into my neighbourhood glass/metal recycling bin! Of course I had to rescue it. Its leather is a bit battered around the edges and it doesn't lock BUT its got so much character. I gave the leather a good clean and then a polish with a baby wipe and stood back to admire.
I have to keep my eyes open for another two cases now. I want to stack them in my living room and use them for storage.