ANTIQUE 20thC VERY RARE LOUIS VUITTON HAT TRUNK c. 1900
ANTIQUE 20thC VERY RARE LOUIS VUITTON HAT TRUNK c. 1900
ANTIQUE 20thC VERY RARE LOUIS VUITTON HAT TRUNK c. 1900
ANTIQUE 20thC VERY RARE LOUIS VUITTON HAT TRUNK c. 1900
ANTIQUE 20thC VERY RARE LOUIS VUITTON HAT TRUNK c. 1900
ANTIQUE 20thC VERY RARE LOUIS VUITTON HAT TRUNK c. 1900
ANTIQUE 20thC VERY RARE LOUIS VUITTON HAT TRUNK c. 1900
ANTIQUE 20thC VERY RARE LOUIS VUITTON HAT TRUNK c. 1900
ANTIQUE 20thC VERY RARE LOUIS VUITTON HAT TRUNK c. 1900
ANTIQUE 20thC VERY RARE LOUIS VUITTON HAT TRUNK c. 1900
ANTIQUE 20thC VERY RARE LOUIS VUITTON HAT TRUNK c. 1900
ANTIQUE 20thC VERY RARE LOUIS VUITTON HAT TRUNK c. 1900

ANTIQUE 20thC VERY RARE LOUIS VUITTON HAT TRUNK c. 1900
A lovely Louis Vuitton hat trunk in stencilled monogrammed canvas with lozine and brass trim, France, circa 1900. The brass fittings were “top of the range” at Louis Vuitton at the time and today makes for a great conversation piece, a great size for a coffee table or side table suitable for any interior, both modern or traditional. ANTIQUE 20thC VERY RARE LOUIS VUITTON HAT TRUNK c. A brief history about Louis Vuitton trunks: Louis Vuitton was born in 1821 to a farmer and milliner and came from a long-established working-class family in eastern France. Vuitton grew up understanding the effects of perseverance and a strong work ethic from watching his family. At the age of 16, he made the decision to walk 292 miles from his hometown to Paris to try and make a new life for himself. When he arrived the city was in the midst of industrialization with current modes of transportation evolving quickly allowing for longer journeys. With this came the need for sturdy travel pieces. Vuitton was taken as an apprentice for a successful box maker and packer named Monsieur Marechal. It was here that he began to establish himself as a luggage maker. Then, in 1858, Vuitton designed the first Louis Vuitton steamer trunk. At the time trunks had rounded tops to allow for water to run off but this did not allow for convenient stowage. Vuitton introduced a flat, yet waterproof, trunk that was easily stackable. The first of his trunks were outfitted with a grey canvas referred to as Trianon – it wouldn’t be until several decades later that the signature monogram would be introduced. With a burgeoning business, Vuitton moved his family and workplace to Asniere, where he employed twenty workers to craft his trunks. By 1900 he would have 100 employees, and in 1914 the company would more than double in size. After years of success, Vuitton began to experiment with the design of his luggage by introducing a new striped canvas pattern (1876) and later the still well-known Damier print (1888). The hand-painted patterns were developed to prevent counterfeits. Even in the late 1800s, Louis Vuitton was enough of a status symbol to warrant counterfeiting. In 1886, his son George invented and patented an ingenious locking system that made it impossible to pick the lock of their trunks. This lock is still used today. 1892 would prove to be a time of mourning for the family as Louis Vuitton passed away at the age of 70. His son, Georges Vuitton, became the new head of the luxury house. Louis Vuitton’s passing would prompt his son to once again change the print of their luggage, and in 1896, to honour his father, the signature LV monogram was introduced and patterned with LVs, quatrefoils, and flowers. Under his direction success followed and the iconic monogram rose to fame among elite clientele. Condition: overall good vintage condition (please refer to photographs). In Great Condition – wear as expected. On all store items. All items are cleaned and inspected before being dispatched, we use only the best packing materials to insure your item reaches you safely and discreetly. Get images that make Supersized seem small. Showcase your items with Auctiva’s. Track Page Views With. Auctiva’s FREE Counter. This item is in the category “Home, Furniture & DIY\Luggage & Travel Accessories\Luggage\Trunks”. The seller is “pushkin.antiques” and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Brand: Louis Vuitton
  • Casing: Hard
  • Material: Canvas
  • Colour: Brown
  • Pattern/ Print: Monogram
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: France

ANTIQUE 20thC VERY RARE LOUIS VUITTON HAT TRUNK c. 1900