Luxury Steamer Trunks from Louis Vuitton

Posted on Dec 15, 2010Dec15
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Vintage Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunks with the iconic LV logo are coveted by both fashion and antique collectors. The trunks reflect the golden age of travel when a trip across world generally included steamship travel. Trunks were carefully designed to hold various pieces of clothing and accessories – one side was for hanging clothes and the other housed small drawers. The trunk was put on its end to create a “closet” while traveling. Quality LV trunks can be purchased through auction houses and fine antique dealers. The prices can range from $5,000 to $50,000 and up. The pricing of the piece generally reflects the provenance of the trunk and its condition. As you can imagine, trunks that were designed for international travel often show signs of wear and tear which makes a well preserved piece quite valuable. Trunks that belonged to a well known person will also sell at a premium.  If you want to collect one or more of these pieces, make sure that you do your research and work with a reputable dealer or auction house. In a traditionally decorated home or even in a more contemporary space, a vintage LV trunk used as a cocktail table or end table adds an interesting sense of history and a timeless quality. Any chance of a vintage trunk stored up in your attic? You might have a valuable piece of furniture to display!

Tommy Hilfiger’s Home via HGTV



The photos of the individual steamer trunks are from the book 100 Legendary Trunks from Louis Vuitton.

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  1. From your article, “The pricing of the piece generally reflects the providence of the trunk and its condition.”
    Very funny, the word is provenance…..providence is a city in Rhode Island.

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