Substantial 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 20th century, all people of society were expected to wear hats so additional 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 good quality heavy leather suitcase with reinforcing leather corners to give the case more stability. The fittings are in metal with no keys. The inside of the case is lined in canvas and bears a makers mark for Cole Brothers of Sheffield, because of how well made this case is made it would have still been in use for many decades. Most likely used by a professional person.
The leather is in very good condition and the stitching still intact, it does have several small scuffs, but not detremental to its overall apearence.
Dimensions: 60cm wide x 42cm deep x 19cm high