Rare vintage suitcases made in Italy for Saks Fifth Avenue. Although the design harks back to an earlier era (Edwardian ...
moreRare vintage suitcases made in Italy for Saks Fifth Avenue. Although the design harks back to an earlier era (Edwardian era to 1920s), the style of the label may point towards the mid-20th century. The exterior covering is what a luggage expert describes as "fawn velvet," not because of the color but because of the texture. Sturdy leather trim and very heavy solid brass fittings. Suitcases are identical, except for lining material and size. Both include interior leather labels reading "Saks Fifth Avenue Italy." See condition description below. Would make a great prop.
MEASUREMENTS: Smaller suitcase: 24 in. wide at the bottom, 22 in. wide at the top, 15 in. tall, 6 1/4 in. deep; buckle: 2 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. Larger suitcase: 29 1/2 in. wide at the bottom, 26 in. wide at the top, 17 in. tall, 7 in. deep; buckle: 2 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.
Condition: Each suitcase has two heavy metal zippers marked "riri." Only one of the four zippers is undamaged and fully functional, although all open and close. The other three are damaged to various degrees, including some missing teeth, teeth that don't meet, and separation of the teeth from the zipper's fabric. The leather handles, corner trim and buckle flaps are in excellent condition, with age-appropriate wear. The leather piping, as well as the leather which covers the frame, is scuffed, especially so around the bottom. Both suitcases have one interior compartment with leather snap flaps and leather straps with buckles, all in good condition. Each suitcase has a small lock, but it may or may not be original. There are no keys.
PICTURE #4 - SMALLER SUITCASE: Frame #1 - Back view (both identical) Frame #2 - Detail of tooled leather embellishment at buckle closure (both identical) Frame #3 - Detail of tooled leather embellishment at end of handle (all identical), and some rust stains on fabric Frame #4 - Interior, striped cotton lining, open compartment with snap closure, two leather straps with buckle closure Frame #5 - Saks Fifth Avenue Italy leather label Frame #6 - Both zipper ends would fit over central prong which has a hole through which the lock would be hooked and closed Frame #7 - Zipper damage Frame #8 - Scuffed leather frame covering Frame #9 - Additional zipper damage
PICTURE #5 - LARGER SUITCASE: Frame #1 - Piece holding leather handle is partially unstitched Frame #2 - Scuffed leather piping Frame #3 - Detail of tooled leather embellishment at bottom corners (all identical) Frame #4 - Zipper damage Frame #5 - Bottom of frame is creased/bent and covering has a tear Frame #6 - Scuffed leather frame covering Frame #7 - Both zipper ends fit over central prong which has a hole through which the lock would be hooked and closed Frame #8 - Saks Fifth Avenue Italy leather label Frame #9 - Brown interior cotton lining, open compartment with snap closure; note stains and small hole near bottom right less
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