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Trunk - 1900s early

This is a Louis Vuitton trunk which belonged to Bessie McKee, and was probably purchased soon after her marriage to William McKee in 1901. It is covered in the iconic monogram canvas, which was introduced in 1896. There are two wooden straps across the front of the trunk and four across the top. There is a leather strap around the top of the sides and back. All straps are fastened with metal tacks and corners are reinforced with metal. There are metal handles on the two ends and two metal front clasps and a metal keyhole. The trunk is on metal rollers. The trunk opens from the top and has two removable drawers. The top drawer has a 7" wide compartment on the right end which has a hi

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Bellows -

Wood, leather and brass bellows with metal rivets. Mustard-colored background paint and fruit and leaf design on face. Leather accordian inbetween the two wood handles. Brass nozzle. Black, red and brown paint. Rivets used to attach the leather to the wood.

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Blotter -

The blotter has a reinforced canvas backing edged with brown leather. The corners are decorated with flower like cut-outs which hold mother of pearl. The cut-outs are outlined with amateurish ink borders, almost as if the user of the blotter was doodling.

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Blotter -

This is a hand held ink blotter with brown leather decorated with a gold stamped border. A rectangular leather covered handle bordered with gold is in the center. The rounded bottom is covered with heavy blotter paper. The blotter edges are leather trimmed with a gold border pattern.

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Game -

Jeu du Solitaire game in travel case with printed instructions; 37 ivory pegs fit in holes in cardboard in a hinged leather case with a metal closure. Estelle was known to play "Bristol Solitaire" with the maids (diary).

Image of Trunk - 1900s early

Trunk - 1900s early

This is a cabin trunk made by Innovation who designed wardrobe style trunks from the early 1900s. An identifying characteristic is the 'bulges' on top and side to avoid stacking. This is a black trunk made of canvas covered wood with black metal strapping along the edges, center and across the front. Strapping is fastened with metal rivets and metal corners. There are two large side hinges on the front and a keyhole lock in the center. It stands on its side with the top having a "bulge". There is a leather handle on the top and M.C.K. Boston is painted below the handle. Also on the top are various partial stickers including one for Holland America and Cabin 130. The inside features

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Trunk -

This is a trunk made of wood covered in black painted metal. It has wood strapping and decorative metal corners and fastenings. There are remnants of leather handles on the top,front and sides. There is a keyhole, but the key has not survived. The inside of the top is covered with paper and decorated with a floral border and a colorful picture in the center. It appears that there was once a lift out drawer as there is a remnant of a drawer rail on the right side, 3" down from the top.

Image of Trunk - 1900s early

Trunk - 1900s early

This is a trunk made of canvas covered wood. There are 4 wood straps on the top and front, mounted over decorative leather edges and corner pieces and reinforced with metal edges and fastenings. There are 5 wood straps on the bottom. There are leather straps on each end. M.R. van W. is stenciled on the left end. The top is fastened down with two side hinges and a center key lock. The key is missing. There is one removable tray. The early trunk catalogs from the 1880's to the 1930's showed and described steamer trunks as low flat top trunks which were designed to fit under berths on steamships. They were typically 12 to 14 inches high. This trunk fits the description of a true steam

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Suitcase -

This is a black suitcase made of heavy cardboard finished with a shiny black surface and finished with black leather edges, corners and straps. There is a leather front handle and two metal clasps and a central key lock. The key is missing. The interior is covered in a blue print fabric. The top has an attached two part fabric compartment which has lost the top elastic. Both ends are stenciled G.A.L. The left end also has Boston in the stencil. There is an "L" in a red circle under the front handle.

Image of Suitcase - 1900s mid

Suitcase - 1900s mid

This is a Revelation expandable suitcase as portrayed in vintage advertisements from 1926. The body is tan leather with reinforced leather corners and a leather front handle. The inside is covered in a tan, yellow, black and white plaid linen fabric. There are two side pockets and a folding compartment attached to the top. Two leather straps are attached to the bottom for holding clothes. McK Boston is under the front handle and stamped on the right end. There are numerous stamps: right side: partial US Customs stamp; front "STATEROOM 606", SVENSKA AMERIKA LINE, "N" in a small block; left side: TOURIST [SAL identification ticket] Ship-Gripsholm/ Passenger name - Gerda T. Swanson/ Addr

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Suitcase -

This is a small leather suitcase with two leather side buckles, a center leather handle and a brass keyhole under the center handle. The corners are reinforced with leather and brass. The inside is covered in canvas and has leather straps for securing contents. The front is stenciled McK on the left side of the keyhole and 2 on the right side.

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Suitcase -

This is a small W. W. Winship leather suitcase with a canvas covered interior. Inside, there are leather holding straps on the lid and base, with one missing on the base. Outside there are leather straps to hold the suitcase closed. The left strap is missing as is the front leather handle. Corners are reinforced with leather. The keyhole and fasteners are brass. The W.W. Winship red metal logo plate is affixed to the inside of the lid and there is also a W.W. Winship stamp on the outside back.

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Chair -

This is a Federal style side chair with straight legs and side, back and center stretchers. The front legs are grooved. The back has a shield shape and a feather and drape design. The seat is leather mounted with metal tacks.

Image of Chair - 1600s

Chair - 1600s

This is a described by Sotheby's as a Baroque walnut side chair. The walnut legs and stretchers are spiral twist in a block format. The back and seat are covered with nailed leather. The seat is rope covered with leather. Dated to the 17th century.

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Box -

This is a leather covered wooden box. The leather is tacked in a decorative pattern with copper tacks. The inside of the box is covered with wallpaper with a floral basket design of cream, rose and salmon flowers. The top has an oval handle similar to a drawer pull surrounded by the copper tack pattern. The bottom has four round metal feet. There is a keyhole which might have once been covered in metal. Inside the box is silk pillow, cream on top and light green on the bottom. The two sides are handsown with tiny stitches. On the top is embrodiered: Betty McKee her box.

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Box -

Inside box 1976.1.3122a is this silk pillow, cream on top and light green on the bottom. The two sides are handsown with tiny stitches. On the top is embrodiered: Betty McKee/ her box. The pillow is loosely stuffed with soft stuffing. The wooden box in which the pillow rests is covered in leather. The leather is tacked in a decorative pattern with copper tacks. The inside of the box is covered with wallpaper with a floral basket design of cream, rose and salmon flowers. The top has an oval handle similar to a drawer pull surrounded by the copper tack pattern. The bottom has four round metal feet. There is a keyhole which might have once been covered in metal.