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Early 20th Century Louis Vuitton Paris Monogram Canvas Trunk, Travel Suitcase

$11,599
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Early 20th century Louis Vuitton Paris monogram canvas trunk, travel hard case. Not only is this early 20th century Louis Vuitton Paris monogram canvas trunk a functional piece of storage, it is also the perfect decorative accessory whether it's used by itself or stacked. They are being re-purposed and used as a coffee table, living room end table, console, entry table, bedroom nightstand, or placed at the foot of the bed. This antique Louis Vuitton Monogram canvas trunk has a diverse set of hotel and travel stickers from all-over the globe displaying it's one-of-a-kind uniqueness. Rome, Singapore, Florence, Bangkok, Egypt, Burma, Penang are just a handful of the travel decals and stamps providing history and a fascinating heritage. It makes quite the conversation piece of the previous owner's past itineraries and a wonderful entertaining experience to share with your guests. The trunk features a rectangular, hinged lid opening to a vacant, fabric-lined interior. On the brass lock a key number 103874 is engraved. No key, but hardware in working order. Inspired by Japanese and oriental design patterns from the Victorian era, the Louis Vuitton monogram is the iconic print with the LV logo composed of quatrefoils and flowers. The exterior is covered in “LV” monogrammed canvas with “LV” embossed leather trim and brass fittings. Additionally, it has frontal latches in working order and a front-mounted, leather handle. The interior retains a label marked “Louis Vuitton/ 799404/ Paris. 70 Champs-Elysees/ 149 New-Bond St. London/ Nice 2. Jardin Albert 1er/ Cannes 10. Rue Des Belges/ Vichy Rue Du Parc". There are additional maker’s marks to the latches and hardware throughout. Additional orange label which reads 'BOUGHT FROM ARTHUR GILMORE INC. 16 EAST 52ND STREET, NEW YORK'. Type: Suitcase, cabin trunk, bisten, alzer Brand: Louis Vuitton Materials: Coated canvas, leather, brass, wood, fabric Period: Early 20th century Serial number: 799404 Origin: France Measurements: 30.0" W x 18.0" H x 9.0" D.

Details

  • Creator
    Louis Vuitton (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Width: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Depth: 9 in. (22.86 cm)
  • Style
    American Colonial (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1920-1929
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Minor fading. Original and unrestored condition. Signs of wear throughout and the exterior is worn with minor stains. There are some cracks along trim and siding of case.
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Early 20th Century Louis Vuitton Paris Monogram Canvas Trunk 1stDibs: LU942915612902

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    Ships From: Dallas, TX
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About Louis Vuitton (Manufacturer)

The story behind iconic luxury brand Louis Vuitton — best known for its esteemed handbags, leather goods, ready-to-wear clothing and more — is one of craft and innovation in the worlds of fashion, jewelry and furniture.

The company’s modest origins can be traced back to when its founder, Louis Vuitton (1821–92), wishing to free himself from the conventional lifestyle in his provincial French city of Anchay as well as a difficult stepmother, left in the early 1830s to make a new life in Paris. The young Vuitton was 13 at the time and would need to travel on foot to get to the capital, which was hundreds of miles away. With stops along the way to make money so that he could forge ahead, the journey took a couple of years, but reward was close at hand.

When he arrived in Paris, Vuitton made a living with his hands. He toiled as a box maker and packer for more than a decade and built relationships with royals and members of the upper class while working for the empress of France, Eugenie de Montijo. In 1854, Vuitton launched his namesake company. The craftsman opened a humble workshop on rue Neuve des Capucines and advertised his services with a small poster that read: “Securely packs the most fragile objects. Specializing in packing fashions.”

Long before his brand would become known globally for its exemplary top-handle bags and stylish totes, Vuitton produced stackable and rectangular trunks. The most common trunks of the era were round, which weren’t ideal for toting and storing. In 1858, Vuitton debuted his lightweight, handcrafted canvas trunks, which were sturdy, rugged and equipped with convenient compartments. Travel’s popularity broadened in the late 19th century, and Vuitton’s trunks could easily be packed into train cars and ships — upright trunks meant hanging wardrobe storage that would allow his clients to transport their sophisticated garments without worry. Demand increased and the company grew. When Louis Vuitton died in 1892, control of the luxury house was passed onto his only son, Georges Vuitton.

In 1914, a Louis Vuitton store opened at 70 Champs-Élysées. The largest travel-goods store in the world at the time, it became the company’s flagship.

The Louis Vuitton brand embodies all the attributes of luxury, from the craftsmanship, exclusivity and relevance to heritage. It’s only appropriate that it boasts one of the most recognizable insignias — the imaginative interlocking of letters and fleurettes — in the fashion world. The famous LV monogram was first used in 1896 as part of an initiative by Georges to prevent counterfeiting of his coveted new line of travel trunks. It’s one of the earliest examples of fashion branding.

The LV monogram would soon appear on everything from bags and various fashion accessories to alligator-skin champagne cases, from stylish apparel and earrings to teddy bears and airplane models.

On 1stDibs, the unmistakable insignia can be found on both modern and vintage Louis Vuitton shoulder bags, suitcases, original 19th-century trunks, jackets and more.

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