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  • "E.P.W." Steamer

    Louis Vuitton, Circa 1910's


    "E.P.W." Steamer
    Specs & Condition

    Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Steamer Trunk with top of the line leather and all brass trim. Original owners initials E.P.W. (Ella Pancoast Widener) on both ends. Ella Pancoast Widener was the wife of Joseph Early Widener (August 19, 1871 – October 26, 1943), a wealthy American art collector who was a founding benefactor of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. A major figure in Thoroughbred horse racing, he was head of New York's Belmont Park and builder of Miami, Florida's Hialeah Park racetrack. Born in Philadelphia, Joseph was the second son of Hannah Josephine Dunton (1836 – 1896) and the extremely wealthy transportation and real estate magnate Peter A. B. Widener (1834 – 1915). Joseph Widener attended Harvard University, and for a short time studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He married Ella Pancoast with whom he had two children. Joseph and Ella Pancoast Widener raised their family at Lynnewood Hall, Joseph's father's 110-room Georgian-style mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Designed by Horace Trumbauer and Jacques Greber, the mansion, along with its extensive and important art collection, was part of the huge fortune he inherited. In April 1912, Joseph Widener lost his elder brother George Dunton Widener and nephew Harry Elkins Widener when they went down with the RMS Titanic.


    40" length  x 23 height x 22" depth, 50 pounds.   


    Wood, Canvas, Leather, Brass.

    Condition: Excellent.

    Exterior and interior condition are excellent, especially for a trunk of this age (circa 1915) showing some signs of travel, but no rips, tears or eyesores(a couple tight stress line to bottom). Inside is clean and fresh with only very light staining from usage. It is complete with all 4 interior trays. Nice quilted lid liner. #138392. Rolling casters on base. Leather handles easily hold the trunks weight.  Original label intact.  Please view all pictures which accurately depict condition and are completely unaltered. I have done no restorations to the trunk. Sold "as is." 

    Decorating Ideas:

    Impressive provenance.  A very usable size for a coffee table or end table next to a sofa or arm chair.  

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