Victorian and Edwardian travel required very careful planning as journeys were made either by rail, or ship, and therefore were quite lengthy. As the traveller would need to take large quantities of personal property with them, well-made luggage and trunks were required to survive the journey. The most common material used for luggage was leather, which was tanned to keep out the weather and preserve the piece.

Many British luggage makers were in existence at the time to meet this demand, one such local manufacturer was a highly respectable Victorian and Edwardian luggage maker known as W Install and Sons. They were established in about 1829 and was a highly regarded West Country luggage maker situated at 19 and 20 St Augustine’s Parade Bristol.

The business was housed in a large double fronted premises with the name of the company and luggage and trunk manufacturers in huge letters displayed on the upper stories of the building.

Unfortunately though with the introduction of air travel, the use of substantial luggage made from leather and brass with the added weight made them unsuitable for modern travel and the leather luggage manufacturing business went into decline.

Vintage to Vogue are pleased to offer this beautiful vintage leather case with its original canvas interior and W Insall and Sons manufacturers label has a lovely authentic patina and would make a great decorative piece or practical storage item. Now on sale in the shop.

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