One of the more affordable collectibles, vintage luggage and purses can be wonderful insights into the styles and aesthetics of various time periods and cultures. From hat boxes to stewardess carry-on bags, a wealth of vintage pieces are available for collectors in just about any price range. Here are some great examples of neat finds to help you get started or add to your collection.
Pan Am Flight Bag
This rare vintage Pan Am Flight Bag is white with a blue Pan Am logo. Approximately 50 years old, this authentic piece has been used and is in fair condition with functioning zippers although the plastic feet have snapped off. Pan Am collector’s items are very popular with plane enthusiasts as well so this piece is a hot commodity in more than one market. Origin: Thailand. Price: $39.99 + shipping.
Vintage Hat Box
Featuring the original fabric on the interior, this vintage hatbox is a classic collector’s piece and would look great used as luggage or on display. The owner’s initials on the box read J.E.S and it is 1 foot high and 20 inches across. Made of fabric, cardboard, and faux leather this is an authentic vintage collectible with lots of kitsch appeal.
Vintage Hand Painted Train Case
Painted in the Mary Engelbreit style, this charming train case features a pink floral pattern with black dots as well as a checkerboard pattern with flowers on the top. Made of leather, vinyl, and metal this case hails from the mid-20th century and is signed “Lady Baltimore”. The mirror on the interior of the lid is in perfect condition and the rest of the case is also in very good condition. Great for a woman’s vanity or a girl’s room or even as a prop, this is a great purchase. Price: $55 + shipping.
Vintage Italian Leather Duffel Handbag
Made of soft, supple Italian leather in the 1960’s, this men’s briefcase from the Mad Men era measures 22” x 7.5” x 12” and is in fair condition with some wear. Great as a carry on for travelling or a briefcase for day to day usage, this classic piece is handmade and sure to catch the eye. Origin: Italy. Price: $125 + shipping.
This stunning, rare piece from Louis Vuitton is designed to accommodate books and files while travelling. With the original wood, brass fittings, leather trim, and the classic LV fabric this case is in excellent condition. Hailing from the Art Deco era of the 1920’s, this is a very rare trunk and measure 15” x 15” x 22”. Origin: Paris. Price: Available Upon Request.