Small 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 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 slim leather case has straps inside, indicating that it may have been for carrying a musical instrument or documents, judging by its size it would possibly used by clerk or student.
In good condition inside and out, with metal fittings, and carrying handle.
Dimensions: 50cm wide x 25cm deep x 11cm high