Antique And Vintage Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunks
Antique and Vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunks are a style of flat-bottomed trunks that first appeared in the mid-nineteenth century.
History & Description
Sometimes referred to as flat-tops, steamer trunks were typically covered in patterned paper, leather or canvas. Louis Vuitton began manufacturing steamer trunks in 1858 and was immediately successful as his trunks were considerably more airtight and lightweight than the competition. Furthermore, the flat trunk’s design allowed them to be stacked much more easily during long voyages. As a result, the Louis Vuitton style and design was imitated by numerous luggage makers.
Due to his status in modern culture, Louis Vuitton products are highly valuable and desired by many collectors. Whilst examples of Louis Vuitton luggage are cherished by owners, steamer trunks are particularly coveted by collectors and can sell for thousands of dollars.
Guide to collectors
Antique Louis Vuitton steamer trunks are frequently advertised on online bidding sites, such as eBay. In February 2012, prices for antique Louis Vuitton steamer trunks ranged from $1,500 to $6,000. However, collectors or potential buyers should proceed with caution. Louis Vuitton is a high end manufacturer and, due to the large amounts of money the items typically sell for, it is an attractive product for scammers. Collectors, therefore, should ask for as much information as possible from the seller.
Furthermore, check the seller’s feedback from previous sales. If they are registered as a new seller and have no examples of earlier sales, then it is more than likely a scam.
On February 2nd 2012, a rare steamer trunk by Louis Vuitton that had been shown at the Paris Air Show in 1910 was sold on eBay for $5,778.
In July 2006, a steamer trunk by Louis Vuitton realised a price of $5,760 through Christie’s, New York.
In December 1993, a group of steamer trunks by Louis Vuitton realised a price of $4,600 through Christie’s, New York.
In March 2008, an unusual steamer trunk by Louis Vuitton was sold through Christie’s, London, for a realised price of £3,438.
In December 2011 at Bonhams in Weybridge, an early-twentieth century steamer trunk by Louis Vuitton realised a price of £5,750.