Amazing Louis Vuitton miniature trunk fitted out as a doll case with clothing accessories and a doll. The case was sold in the toy department of the main store at 70 Champs Elysees. The Toy department was opened in 1935 to help the president of the company and his wife recover from the death of their 4 year old daughter. It is believed this trunk was purchased in the Paris shop which in it's day was billed as the largest luggage shop in the world. This is a one owner case. It was purchased in Paris during a grand tour inspired trip to Europe on the Queen Mary. The family history is a little fuzzy as to whether it was in the late 1930's or the 1940's. These dates fit to when the trunk and the doll were made and sold.
The case is canvas covered and looks like the light Vuittonite canvas covering and trim details seen on adult wardrobe cases but scaled to doll size. There is a fold out rack for the clothes hangers. The case contains seven outfits (all but one tagged Louis Vuitton) plus accessories including a towel, apron (also tagged) with matching silverware set and a pair of wooden sandals embossed Louis Vuitton. There is also a tagged purse which will be the envy of all of your dolls. The clothes are in original (lightly played with) condition. Some of them have yellowed. On the long christening dress some of the ribbons in the front have come loose and are pinned on. The celluloid doll was made in France by Convert & Company and has a Louis Vuitton label. The doll is their Nano toddler. He has been restrung and there is damage to one hand that has been filled and repainted and wear to the tips of the fingers on the other hand.
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The doll is 17 inches tall
The case measures 25 x 10 1/2 x 12 inches
The case is marked Louis Vuitton Son Salon De Jouets Paris 70 Champs Elysees and has two numbers stamped below label 83 1062 There are some smudge letters before the 83 that may be "AO&"
The clothes are tagged Louis Vuitton 70 Champs Elysees Paris
Condition of Doll for Sale
The vintage clothes are in good shape with no foxing, stains or repairs. There is a tagged silk slip and panties where the material has become fragile and are starting to split. Some of the outfits have yellowed especially where they contacted the wooden hangers. The tips of some of the wooden hangers have been broken. There is some disturbance of the top behind where the doll stands See the picture of the inside of the case on the right. The structure of the case is not affected. The leather carrying handle is broken. The leather strap was saved. One of the wooden cleats holding the drawer on the doll side of the trunk is missing. There are some minor scuffs to the edging of the trunk and some corrosion of the metal fittings. One of the latches was locked and someone has forced it open leaving scratches and dents in the lock mechanism and frame. The other latch is not locked and can be closed. There is no key.
The item may have wear and flaws seen in used items. I try to describe significant flaws in my text and show them in picture. Read the text and examine the pictures to be sure you understand the condition. If you have questions please email me.