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I thought I'd put this one here before, but it disappeared...

I finally got a passport. I want a nice passport cover, but the one that matches my briefcase is $450 and rather blah. I bought and returned one from Cartier that was $225, because I just didn't like the metal trim detail - seemed like it could snag on a pocket, and rummaging for something in a coat pocket in front of a border guard is never a good idea.

I think I've decided on this one:

https://www.smythson.com/SmythsonSite/product/WP-1004354.htm

But I'm not sure about the crest. I prefer the silver to the gold, because it looks more like something from the 1960s, when people wore suits to fly Pan Am and got hot meals that were at least as good as the Horn & Hardart.

My one paranoid thought is that it advertises that I'm an American. I don't intend to travel to any war zones, but is it just foolish for me to be concerned about attracting the attention of people who would be inclined to harrass Americans because of their disagreement with our government's policies?
 

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I don't see the point of having one. Could you explain? It would seem to make it bulkier, and when you're traveling who needs that?
This is basically a thin leather fold that protects the passport, which is made of a cardboard that looks like it wouldn't last ten years of steady use as a form of identification.

I definitely don't want what they call a "travel wallet," which is the size of a tie case with more pockets. I don't know where one is expected to keep that, unless you're going to drop it into a safe deposit box at the hotel when you arrive.
 

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Same thing as said above. I just wanted something a bit more discreet.

Swaine Adeney Brigg used to have a passport case on their website. Seems like it retailed for something like $80 or so, which is quite reasonable for them. You might take a look there. I don't see it on their website but an email to them might scare it up.
I was able to track down a picture online, still at $80. I will follow up with Classic Luggage, because I also need to replace my Briggs umbrella.
 

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So get a passport cover with the crest of a nice nuetral country, one conneted with your ancestry maybe.
My family is Belgian, which is almost as neutral as you can get (their national motto is "Willkommen in France!")

I'm sticking with my plan, unadorned Hartmann, at least until I go to the Smythson store in January and see it in person.
 
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