When the Louis Vuitton brand entered luxury luggage retail in the 1850s, it swiftly transformed the marketplace with its high-quality trunks which were lightweight, airtight and, crucially, stackable. Until then, rounded-top trunks had been used (generally to promote water run-off) and thus could not be stacked. The first such flat-top design was Vuitton’s grey ‘Trianon’ canvas trunk.
Eight inter-war trunks, suitcases and smaller cases by Louis Vuitton, complete with their original keys, have been consigned to a May 17 sale at Lawrences of Crewkerne from a private collection in Somerset. Estimates start at £300-500 for this early 20th century plain leather suitcase.
This 1950s Foden 14-ton Mobilgas tanker – one of the most recognisable models in the Dinky Toy range – is estimated at £300-500 in a sale of toys and models at Lacy Scott & Knight on May 18 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
The toy is model no 504 and comes in a red body with black tires and Mobilgas livery with the company’s famous Pegasus logo. The original orange and white labelled all-card box is numbered NM, BVG.
The subject depicted on this Victorian ‘castle top’ snuff box is Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of Lord Byron in Nottinghamshire. Made by the 19th century silversmith Nathaniel Mills and stamped Birmingham 1839, it is estimated at £200-300 in a May 18 sale of Antiques, Fine Art and Collectables at East Sussex saleroom Pippa Deeley in Bodiam, East Sussex.
This railway poster promoting the island of Guernsey with lobster, roses and hanging grapes in the foreground and St Peter Port seafront behind won the 1960 ‘Outdoor Advertising Poster of the Year’ award. It was designed by the commercial illustrator Laurence Fish (b.1919) in c.1960 for British Railways.
This 3ft 4in x 2ft 1in (1.01m x 63cm) poster has been given a B+ to A condition rating and will be offered at Guernsey saleroom Martel Maides on May 21, guided at £350-400.