I’m working on recreating an interesting nineteenth century diary/wallet from a few photos and would love feedback or direction on how to keep it closed.
It has a diary at center with wallet on the left and pockets to the right for miscellaneous items like postage and tickets. There’s a small bit of brass visible under a leather tab on the right side. A photo of the back shows what looks like light abrasion marks where the closure should (at least in theory) be, but a full zoom reveals nothing (the photo I’ve included here has been greatly reduced).
I can’t think of why the brass bit or leather tab exists unless there was a way to secure the wallet shut, and wonder if you’ve seen anything similar. I’ve guessed at that brass bit being a hook and have fiddled with both a brass bar for it to catch on (pictured) and a brass slotted plate to handle more or less items in the gusseted wallet. Any ideas on how this might have originally closed?