Fender had the center pocket Tweeds, then shortly went to This Koylon Brand Case. Early ones have BakeLite Handles. Also remember Fender didn't really start making the Strat till mid later 1954. Yes some earlier were made, but in the records proto type's.
This case has No smells, Very Solid, Investment worthy item... Not a everyday find for sure.... to include myself. All dried up, and there was not many made to begin with..