Antique Louis Vuitton steamer trunk from the 1890’s. It has the Damier Ebene pattern from the late 1880’s. This trunk retains the original label with the serial no 102429. It also has its original lining and tray compartments. The inner side of the lid has the original upholstery in ivory fabric, with diamond tufted accents in red silk that presumably held mail and postcards.
The trunk has a canvas clad wood case with metal edging. It is reinforced with wooden slats and brass rivets. It has steel handles on either end. The key latch reads :” Louis Vuitton, London”. The side of the trunk has the initials “RW”. This trunk bears the “scars “ of its travels and this only adds to its appeal.
Louis Vuitton was founded by its namesake in 1854 and had its first shop on Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris, France. Vuitton initially made rounded top trunks as this meant water could easily run off the tops of the trunk. When he noticed that his competitors’ trunks were flat topped making them readily stackable he introduced his flat topped trunks with canvas covering making them lightweight and airtight.
Around the turn of the century Louis Vuitton has established himself as the leader in trunk making and he thus needed to set his brand apart from the competitors. He came up with the now iconic logo which was his monogramme.
Canvas, metal, wood, brass and leather
H: 70 cm
W: 110 cm
D: 60 cm