Early 20th Century Canvas Covered Hat Box
In the 19th century and early 20th century travel was by carriage, train or sea. Particularly in the 19th century, people's clothing was quite bulky, especially for ladies as they would wear several layers of elaborate clothing and so suitcases and trunks needed to be quiet large. The majority of these cases would be leather, and the more expensive the case the heavier it would be. Large trunks were made from metal and wood, often covered in canvas with wooden struts to protect them. Up until the second quarter of the 20th century, all people of society were expected to wear hats, so hat boxes were needed for their transportation. To leave home for any length of time required an extensive array of luggage, and often staff to carry it.
This is a typical design of hat box from the beginning of the 20th century, it is of canvas stretched over a board carcass, with brass fittings and a leather carrying strap, and a lovely turquoise fabric lining, its of a generous size and wood easily fit 2 bowler hats or top hats.
The case is of sound construction but has several small scuffs and marks, overall is in good order.
Dimensions: 41cm wide x 35cm deep x 28cm high.