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Stock No. OC362

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Military Leather Suitcase - Click for the bigger picture

Military Leather Suitcase

Named to Major C.H.Townsend this was clearly a very high quality case and is made of fine leather hide and solid brass fittings. What really brings it to life is the painted address and various other shipping marks; clearly Major Townsend did not want to be parted from his luggage whilst serving overseas! The case is marked to the top with the Major's name and we assume his home address which was 'Rosemount, Wellington, Shropshire, UK.Interestingly we can just make out below and now over painted 'C.H.Townsend, Gloucestershire Regiment'. The lid and front are also marked with a stylised 'M' against a red roundel which we assume to be a shipping mark for easy identification. The front and one end are also painted with 'Cabin W.O.V' indicating this was cabin baggage and 'Wanted on Voyage' so we assume this would have contained the Major personal effects.

This is an extremely heavy case, weighing in at 18 lbs (8 kilos) empty and we would imagine with its heavy brass fitting and copper riveting it would have been an expensive item in its day. We are unsure of the maker, although both locks are embossed 'British Made'. We can only guess it's date at late 19th or early 20th century. With time it may well be possible to research Major Townsend which would add further to the interest in (and value) of this piece. Whilst the case has clearly been well used and shows wear commensurate with age it exudes period charm. It would add a 'shabby chic' look to a military or Victoriana collection, whilst it would also make a perfect film or stage prop for those looking for the ultimate in authenticity. It would also be ideal for shop window display dressing.

The case measures 30" x 6"x 8" (77 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm.) In view of its size and weight please ask for a shipping quote before making any purchase decision and we of course have more detailed pictures here which are available on request.

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