This is a great antique traveling case made of leather, wood, brass studs, leather handle, lock (which we do not have the key of) and it is paper lined and still has the original company label. It is written on the top of the case: Jane Mason Boston. Mrs. Jane Mason lived at 50 Marlboro St. Boston Massachusetts and was a benefactor of the Ladies Asylum where she donated $3.00. a considerable sum in the mid 19th century. Inside label (which is on the inside of the cover) reads as follows: HOLMES Saddler HARNESS MAKER AND MANUFACTURER of every Description of TRAVELING Trunks & Valisses 93 TREMONT ROW BOSTON. The interior paper is intact with the exception of the edges on the top rim where the cover meets up with the bottom. There are two ribbons that were used to hold the cover so it would not open all the way but they are unattached from the case itself but still attached on the cover. Original lock and hinges are still there and working, there is a sliding cover over the keyhole with a picture of a crown on it with the words VR Patent. Case measures 12" wide X 7 3/4" in depth X 5 1/2" tall (not including the handle). It is a red case with black graining, brass studs are on most of the edges including the handle, there appears to be a couple of studs missing by the handle. Some of the leather seems to be curling back on the bottom half where the cover meets the bottom and by the handle. The same paper pattern is on the bottom but very worn. The only information we could come up with for this company was in was it business in the mid1800's. Thomas Starr King had a similar case from the same company in Boston and his life ranged from 1824-1864. This is a fabulous antique case that does not come around very often.
Item ID: A-516
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