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Late 19th Century Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Canvas Steamer Trunk

$8,900

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With a little extra TLC, this late 19th century Louis Vuitton steamer trunk can work as a functional piece of storage. It is also the perfect decorative accessory whether it's used by itself or stacked. These antique Louis Vuitton steamer trunks are being re-purposed and used as a coffee table, living room end table, console, entry table, bedroom night stand, or placed at the foot of the bed. The LV steamber trunks were also used as props in the tv series 'Downton Abbey'. This antique Louis Vuitton steamer trunk displays the Damier Ebene canvas pattern from the late 1880's. The LV steamer trunk features the original lining without tray compartments. The inner side of the lid has original upholstered in weathered ivory textile, diamond tufted accented with silk red ribbon which is extremely rare. This Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene canvas steam trunk is composed of: Canvas clad wood case with stitched leather edging, leather and brass bound, reinforced with wooden laths also known as wood slats with studs. It has brass handles to either end. The key hole has a serial number of 22 and the latch/clasp reads: Aux Etats Unis, 229 Rue St.Honore. The side showcases large stamped Initials: G.W. This antique Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene canvas trunk has a diverse set of hotel and travel stickers from all-over the globe displaying it's one-of-a-kind uniqueness. 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. The exterior is covered in signature Damire Ebene canvas with wooden slats, leather trim and brass fittings. Additionally, it has frontal latches and lateral-mounted, brass handles. The brass handles are labeled: HB BREVETES S.G.D.G. which is a patent mark that manufacturers had to put on pieces to show it was French made. The H.B. is the makers initials. The hardware however may not be from the same makers as the trunk itself. Concealed casters on the bottom. Type: Trunk Brand: Louis Vuitton Materials: Canvas, leather, wood, fabric, brass Period: Late 19th century Measurements: 39.0" W x 23.0" H x 22.0" D - scattered wear and tear, including scratches, scuffs, and nicks; some stains/discolored spots; some cracking/losses to leather accents; exterior with applied travel labels; large crack along hinges; one runner on underside is broken/missing with cracks to some others; some small holes/tears to canvas; one corner is broken and missing brass cover; some tarnishing/finish losses to hardware and fittings; water damage. Residual antique odor. Missing key and interior tray. As-Is.

Details

  • Creator
    Louis Vuitton (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 23 in. (58.42 cm)Width: 39 in. (99.06 cm)Depth: 22 in. (55.88 cm)
  • Style
    American Colonial (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1880-1889
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Minor fading. Scratches, Scuffs. Stains, Cracking, Discoloration, Broken and Missing Wooden Slats, Small Holes & Tears to Canvas, One Corner Broken, Missing Brass Cover, Tarnishing. Residual antique odor. Missing Interior Tray. Water Damage. As-Is.
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Canvas Steamer Trunk 1stDibs: LU942915612962

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    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Dallas, TX
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About Louis Vuitton (Designer)

The Louis Vuitton story is one of craft and innovation in the worlds of fashion, jewelry, furniture and more.


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 watches and earrings to teddy bears and airplane models.


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

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