Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk

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This rare and captivating vintage Louis Vuitton wardrobe trunk embodies the elegance and sophistication of a bygone era. Boasting the iconic "LV" monogram on its leather-upholstered frame, this chest is fully outfitted to facilitate the most meticulous packing. The case is comprised of four separate sections, with three levels of removable trays, including a canvas strap basket and accessories tray. Perfectly fitted and still sporting the original lining, this trunk promoted the perfect organization of one's wardrobe and kept clothing wrinkle-free in any and all traveling conditions. The quilted interior lid adds an extra element of luxury.

Louis Vuitton is considered the world's first luxury company and its luggage and leather goods set the standard by which all others are measured. To find a period trunk by this company, in such excellent condition, attests to the superior quality of its craftsmanship.

Features original manufacturer's label and serial number 148244. Hardware, hangers and straps all feature Louis Vuitton marks.

Circa 1910

43 3/4" wide x 24" deep x 27 3/4" high

The most famous and valuable trunks were made by the Louis Vuitton company. Renowned across the globe as the first premier luxury goods purveyor, Louis Vuitton first opened his doors in 1854, and among his first customers was the Empress Eugénie. His trunks were always impeccably crafted, with the finest leather, canvas and brass trim. Vuitton first made his mark with the creation of the flat-top steamer trunk and the wardrobe trunk. Flat-top trunks, unlike earlier rounded-top trunks, made cargo packing and stacking much easier. Many contained wooden hangers, and others even had portable beds! Thanks to the leather-lined compartments and hangers of the wardrobe trunks, travelers could pack delicate clothing without fear of damage in transit. To own such a trunk during the late 19th and early 20th century meant that one was able to travel abroad, something only the most affluent individuals did. A master of marketing, Vuitton passed his attention to detail to his son Georges, who created the iconic LV logo in 1896 after his father's death. This was ostensibly the very first designer logo, implementedto prevent counterfeiting. Illustrating this fact is that, in addition to a serial number and an original label clearly visible in this trunk, "LV" is stamped into nearly every piece of trim, down to the smallest rivets.
Date of Manufacture
Circa 1910
Early 20th Century
Materials and Techniques
Coated canvas
Very good.
24 in. D
61 cm D
Dealer Location
New Orleans, LA
Number of Items
Reference Number
M.S. Rau Antiques
630 Royal St.
New Orleans LA 70130
(888) 986-0322
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