Early 20th Century 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 a small-sized case in leather with stitched seam construction, fitted with brass clasps and a leather carrying handle.
Although the case is still holding its shape well there are some edges that starting to curl a little. The leather has small scuffs but overall looks good.
Dimensions: 50cm wide x 32cm deep x 15cm high