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T100 - Antique Goyard Flat Top Trunk - SOLD 06/2018


Size: approximately 40" long, 19" tall, 20" deep, front to back

Trunk Description:

A beautiful and rare E. Goyard Aine gentlemen's flat top trunk manufactured in Paris, circa 1930's. The trunk is covered with the Goyard interlocking chevron pattern canvas fabric. The original exterior metal labels are still present on the sides, which include “Malles Goyard” and their red Goyard monogram and address. This trunk has the original linen and silk lining in very good condition. The original owner initials “A. B” and “Los Angeles” are painted on the top of the trunk, which was a very common practice at the time. There is also a large B in a red diamond painted on the sides and there are a few old paper shipping labels including Cunard Lines on the sides and top. This is a "gentlemen's" model trunk as described in early trunk catalogs and there were similar ladies models with a different interior arrangement.

Constructed of wood with the distinctive Goyard chevron pattern canvas covering; brass braces and corners, narrow hardwood slats, brass trim and rivets, and heavy brass side handles in excellent condition. Two solid brass drawbolt style latches are on the front as well as the Goyard marked brass lock. The left latch has a small upper piece missing as shown in a detailed picture. The small leather lid lifter above the lock is broken off. There are three hardwood slats across the top and two horizontally across the front and back of the trunk, attached with brass head nails and brass slat clamps. The lid has four hinges which are all in very good condition. There are small leather strap holders on the front and rear of the trunk, which were for holding long leather straps which would go around the trunk and buckle in the front to help secure the lid if desired. The bottom is in excellent condition with the chevron canvas and four long wooden slats as well as ball style casters in each corner. All hardware is original to the trunk! The edge bindings and lid valance are faux leather (vulcanized fiber) covered. Fiber bindings such as this were used by many trunk makers on high-grade trunks (even on LV trunks). The two interior stacking flat fabric covered wood trays are present in great condition, including the fabric lifters and tie-down straps with Goyard marked brass buckles. The trays sit on holders which allow an open space beneath them for packing shoes and boots. The lid interior has the original gold ribbon trim and small brass tacks, with only a few small spots as shown in pictures. The lower trunk interior lining is in good condition with minimal wear and one spot on the bottom. The trunk is in very good original condition, with only minor canvas and leather wear, and small scrapes and surface wear on the wood slats which is typical for trunks of this age. The brass hardware has a wonderful aged patina. A wonderful and useful collector's piece ready to use in your home!

More Historical Information:
A brief history of the Goyard trunk business: (from internet sources) François Goyard came from a family with many years of experience with the Compagnon de Rivière, a business specializing in the transportation of firewood for Paris homes via the river. In 1853, a year before Louis Vuitton was founded, François took over a trunkmaking workshop where he had been apprenticing and formed what is now known as Maison E. Goyard - the "E" is an homage to his father Edme. Over the years, Goyard was passed from generation to generation (with François' son Edmond growing the label across Europe) - inspiring Goyard's famous "Y" chevron pattern representing the Goyard family tree and heritage with the Compagnon de Rivière. Goyard went on to be an outfitter of choice for aristocratic families and other heads of state, helping its notoriety rise internationally. Some requested their coat of arms be custom marked on their luggage - eventually leading to their custom monogramming service. Goyard became so popular with this set in fact, the label branched out into accessories for owner's dogs, cats, and monkeys, with a few options still available to this day in the form of custom collars and carryalls. Riding this success but wanting to stay true to their heritage while innovating, they were one of the first luggage makers to partner with automobile companies to create pieces custom fitted for the boots (rear) of certain models from J. Rothschild et Fils carriages and Bugatti amongst others.

The fabric has a pattern of three Chevrons, juxtaposed to form the letter "Y". It came out in 1892 and evokes not only the name of the Maison itself but also a tree; symbolizing three centuries of the Goyard family history and their “Compagnon de Rivière” ancestors. The dots that make up the Chevron are reportedly painstakingly hand-painted by artisans since the company refuses to use any sort of automation in the manufacturing process. No two pieces then are exactly alike and are guaranteed to be entirely unique. Some Goyard labels show “Established in 1792” because that was the date of the original trunk business which Francois Goyard eventually controlled. The word “Aine” basically means that E. Goyard was the oldest of the sons in the Goyard family, to distinguish himself from the others.

A truly beautiful and impressive trunk which is a real conversation piece. This is a great size for storage and for use as a functional table. It's hard to find the Goyard trunks in such complete and nice condition.

Price: $6,895 plus $195 for shipping or delivery within the continental U.S. by FedEx Ground. This trunk will be shipped from Yerington, NV, (in western NV not too far from Virginia City and Reno), and personal delivery may be provided to some areas or you may pick up the trunk by appointment to save the shipping cost. Please email Marvin@ThisOldTrunk.com if you have any questions or would like more pictures. Payment may be made by personal check or through the PayPal secure system.

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