This hat/bonnet trunk is expertly and luxuriously crafted and detailed and is absolutely on par with the trunks from the same era crafted by Louis Uitton in France. This trunk was most likely crafted in the United States and purchased by the original owner from a luxury department store such as John Wanamaker’s in Philadelphia (the lock is marked “Star Lock Works Philadelphia”).
The piece features a classic rectangular/boxy shape. The exterior is covered with canvas with Vulcanized fiber center bands, and corner binding (the fiber looks like leather, but is not, and holds up better than leather); the piece is accented by heavy brass-plated car iron corner bumper mounts and hardware fittings. The trunk features two front draw-bolts and a central lock (key is missing). The sides each feature a leather handle; the left side is marked “H.S.W Portsmouth N.H.”, perhaps this trunk belong to a member of the illustrious Wentworth family of New Hampshire, famous for colonial Governor Benning Wentworth and the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion. The interior of the trunk is lined in elegant and soft cotton ticking fabric; the inner side of the lid also features lightly-padded ticking fabric with apple green ribbon diamond pattern overlay design with nailhead accents. The trunk features a top inner fitted compartment with ticking fabric covered lid with leather strap closure; the inner bottom half of the trunk is empty but it appears that there were originally other fitted compartments. The clips on the inside once held removable hat forms that one pinned a hat or bonnet to. The trunk would make a great accent piece in any interior and can be used to store linens, toys, or used as an accent table (with a glass top). It’s the perfect size to be used and an end table or lamp table, or put a piece of glass on top and make a cocktail table that will dazzle your guests.
Trunk presents well and is in good antique as-found condition, with expected light wear, scuffing and patina commensurate with age and use. There are minor surface scuffs, bumps and small nicks. Some inner compartments appear to be missing. One inner leather strap is ripped. No Key.
Dimensions: 26-1/2″ in length, 21-1/2″ in depth, 23-1/2″ in height