Rare Antique Louis Vuitton Trianon Gray Steamer Trunk 1880's
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Rare Antique Louis Vuitton Trianon Gray Steamer Trunk 1880's:
This trunk has been authenticated by the curator ofthe Louis Vuitton exhibition in Paris through emails. It's the real deal! This size is a rare half steamer, measuring 13.5 inches high, 35.5 in wide, and 19.5 inches in depth. This trunk is about 130 years old, has traveled the oceans, and shows it's wear. It does have some condition issues. Please look at the pictures carefully. The inside is covered in the original blue/white striped ticking, and it has it's original removable tray, very rare to find the tray with the trunk! Also original label from the Paris Exhibition with the dates 1867, 1868. You can see half a serial number on the top of label. There is also a Louis Vuitton stamp on the bottom of trunk. A "W" is painted onboth side ends.It is very very rare to find a gray, un-monogrammed trunk, This is a piece of history!
The very first trunk Louis Vuitton made was the Trianon gray canvas steamer introduced in 1858. The trunks were made of waterproof-treated canvas with a wooden frame. Previously, trunks of the day featured rounded tops to facilitate water run-off. Many other designers of the day imitated Louis Vuitton's Flat Topped Trianon Trunk, so in 1876 he changed the plain gray Trianon design to a striped pattern making it harder for his imitators to copy. After that he changed the the stripe to the classic monogram LV pattern in 1888.
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