Posted 7 years ago
I just finished this lovely lady's French hat trunk. It's canvas covered and still has all of it's leather trim as well as it's original leather carry handle.
Lots of nice brass hardware. I also really like the blue and white stripes. It's designed to carry lady's hats, but I'm sure it could have also been used to carry men's hats as well. This one was a bit of a challenge as it was very dirty and heavily stained from being exposed to the elements. Still, I thought it turned out nicely.
It had a White Star Line decal that was too deteriorated to salvage. It still has the Hotel Russell London and a Hotel Zurich of Zurich decal still intact. There is another hotel decal that I am unable to make out. It also has a "Wanted" decal on the front. This would more than likely have been from the White Star Line steam ship.
I do not know the manufacturer or it's age. But, the hat pin cushion (hat holder) inside the lid has a patent date of Sept. 1897. It also has a leather label on the front that reads "Boite A Chapeaux Systeme Brevette S.G.D.G." which I believe means "Box For Hat" and "Patent Not Guaranteed by Government". I don't speak French, so I could very well be wrong about that.
If anyone out there has any information on the manufacturer of this hat trunk or how old this would be, I welcome your input.
Thanks for looking!!