I'm working on a steampunk costume, and I'd like to incorporate a Victorian-style hat box into it. I bought one years ago at a thrift store that looks mostly like this:
The problem is that it's, well, old. The lining is in surprisingly excellent condition and I can polish up the clasps, but some of the exterior leather is worn away along the edges. I'm by no means schooled in antique restoration, so I'm open to any ideas. Thanks in advance!