Posted 6 years ago
Hello fellow collectors!!
I just completed the exterior of this lovely very late 1800's, possibly 1900, French made flat top trunk. It's made by Saingermier, in the southern part of France. It has a coated canvas covering, almost like a patent leather, that is still 100% intact, as are both of the very thick 3-ply leather handles. And, as you can see, it's monogrammed for the original owner "B M".
This one still retains some hotel decals on each end. One is from the Hotel Du Commerce, in Paris. I'm still trying to make out what the other two read.
I've never had a trunk with this much brass jewelry before. It took what seemed like weeks with my Dremel tool and polishing compound. It's still in quite nice condition for it's age. This one is also the lightest weight trunk that I own. Though not a Louis Vuitton, Goyard or Moynat, I'd say that this one was still a very high end trunk in it's day.
This is all I plan to do with the exterior of this one. I'd like to keep this one as original as I possibly can.
The striped fabric interior lining is still 100% intact, as is the trunk makers label, but missing it's original trays and document holder. This one measures 30" long, 18" tall and 18" wide.
A very special THANK YOU to our CW friend kyratango for the wonderful information regarding the maker of this lovely trunk. Thank you Kyra!!!!
SAINGERMIER AINE trunk maker history from the BelMal Malletier Archives:
Established 1859, closed 1936. Two generations: Saingermier Ainé, and then Saingermier Fils (son) & Villemur (son in law). A daughter married another trunkmaker in Toulouse, called Laporte.
This sturdy type of trunk would generally be used as salesman trunk; possibly inspired by another maker, and countrywide reference, Lavolaille in Paris (who used sheet brass for the edges i.o. iron, leather, or fibre).
Thank you Jean-Pierre Bal for the wonderful trunk maker information.
Thanks for stopping to have a look and I do hope you enjoy seeing this one as much as I do.