Late Victorian Steamer Trunk with Mock Crocodile Casing
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.
This trunk is covered in a painted and patterened metal to look like crocodile skin, and bound with wooden struts and metal edges. This trunk would have been in a relativley wealthy house who no doubt couldnt stretch to the expense of a true crocodile trunk, but admired the style of such things.
The overall condition is good, still holding its shape well. The wooden struts have been marked a little over the years, but show no breaks or splits.
Dimensions: 78 cm x 49cm x 36cm high