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Louis Vuitton "Cabine" Steamer Trunk Circa 1898
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Jun 02, 2011 10:08:24 PDT
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This is a fine example of a rare turn of the century Louis Vuitton "Cabine" style Steamer Trunk, built to fit in a ship's stateroom. It's likely date of manufacture is the late 1890s to early 1900s. 

The "serial" number of this trunk is 176732 which can be clearly seen next to the interior leather "Lille" label. 

The interior condition is average, which has been considered in the estimate of value. The interior fabric is red stripe. 

The dimensions are 39.5" L x 21" W x 13" D.

 The exterior fabric on this trunk first appeared on Vuitton trunks in 1896. The exterior is in very good condition although the soft wood top boards have typical cracks. The sides are painted with the initials "JBAF", the original owner. 

 As an aside, when I first came into possession of this trunk years ago, there was a love letter from a woman to a man inside postmarked Paris and dated 1926. Unfortunately, I misplaced the letter. But it highlights how popular these "lightweight" trunks were with the newly transcontinental upper class while "en voyage". 

 I will carefully pack and SHIP FOR FREE anywhere in the USA. A wonderful piece for the collector. It also makes a great coffee table when topped with glass.

I am happy to answer any questions you have.

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