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    Sale 7663

    Fasque The Scottish Seat of the Gladstones

    7 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 3

    A GROUP OF LATE VICTORIAN LEATHER GLADSTONE BAGS

    LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GROUP OF LATE VICTORIAN LEATHER GLADSTONE BAGS
    LATE 19TH CENTURY
    All with various inscriptions relating to the Gladstone family, two with felt covers with handwritten labels
    The largest 13 in. (33 cm.) high


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    Hinged luggage was developed during the second half of the nineteenth Century. Made of stiff leather, the Gladstone bag was a small portmanteau built over a rigid frame, which for as long as has been known has been named after William Ewart Gladstone. The exact reason for this is not clear, but assumed to be to do with the amount of travelling he did. Interestingly it is not actually a British invention, but in fact based on earlier French models.

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