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Restored Louis Vuitton 1920 Col Victor Jones 14th King Hussars Steamer Trunk

$35,441.38

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We are delighted to offer this absolutely stunning fully restored original Louis Vuitton 1920 steamer trunk originally owned by Major VH Jones later Col Victor Jones 14th King Hussars complete with original shelf and working key This is the finest example of this kind of trunk I have ever seen, the chap I had restore it for me is an absolute genius, he specialises in these types of trunks and its easy to see why he is so renowned. This piece is classed as a stencil monogram, it has a streel trim, brass hard wear and dates as mentioned to 1920, the piece comes with the original shelf with has compartments and straps with LV buckles for organising linens, it also has the super rare original key This is of course a steamer trunk designed for rail travel, it can be used the traditional way laying flat for display or as a coffee table, it is completely original, every single brass stud is stamped Louis Vuitton, the lock reads “70 Champs Elysee Paris, Louis Vuitton, London 149 New Bond Street” with “Made in France” and the serial number on the locking plate. The leather strap mounts read “Paris Louis Vuitton London”, The original trade label inside reads “Louis Vuitton 759854 Paris 70 Champs Elysees 149 new Bond St London W Nice 12Ave De Verdun Lille 34. Rue Faidherbe”. The leather handles, brass locks, backing ribbon, everything is original and stamped as well This piece as mentioned has been fully restored on the outside, the internals as ever has been left totally original and untouched. The work to the outside has been extensive, the case has been completely washed back taking off the years of travel dirt, the timber washed back waxed and polished, all the studs and brass work burnished and polished, the steel work painted black and then the whole thing sealed. This piece is ready to go for another 100 years There are some areas of patina externally as with all these pieces, usually from loading and unloading, in truth this is the finest example condition wise you will find anywhere, it is free from any major damage at all, no losses, it is a collectors dream I can have a thick bevelled edge glass top made for the cost price should the new owner wish to use this as a coffee table. I can also have make a base frame which has turned legs with porcelain castors, again for the cost price Dimensions Height:- 32.5cm Width:- 101cm frame only 106cm including leather handles Depth:- 53cm Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point.

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Louis Vuitton

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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