Large Late Victorian Leather Suitcase
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 20 th 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 suitcase of good size and condition, bearing the initials EJR, and a leather luggage tag, it has good metal fittings that work well but with no key, the inside is fabric-lined, all original. This quality of case would probably be used by a professional person.
Condition of this case is good with no splits to the leather or missing stitching. The leather has some minor marks.
Dimensions: 66cm x 41cm x 19cm high