Edinburgh Trunk, a life time of travel

When I was in Edinburgh recently I took the photo below of a row of shops in Hanover Street just where it meets Princess street because I have a wonderful early 19th century leather bound and brass studded trunk with a label inside showing a luggage shop in the same location.


The bottom of Hanover street with The Royal Scottish Academy just in view at the T junction.

If you look diagonally across the road where you can see the two telephone kiosks is where A Boswell Brush Trunk Port Manteau & Carpet Bag Manufacturers ran their business.


The shops without the modern front extensions and The Royal Scottish Academy to the left

The Trunk came out of “Blair” a beautiful old house in Ayrshire, built in the Norman times nearly a thousand years ago, a Norman Keep with a moat surrounding it, over the years the house has been greatly added to and alterations made to the interior.The Trunk could tell some great stories of where it has been and how many times it has been loaded on and off the Coaches in the 19th century when the family would pack it and off they would go to Edinburgh, Glasgow or sometimes into England.

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Georgian Leather Bound Trunk

We also have in stock a smaller model covered in a black leather brass corners and banding but slightly more ornate brass studding. The interior is paper lined but this time no manufacturers or retail label which gives the larger trunk some provenance

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 Graham Smith Antiques has been established for 14 years but Graham has been in the antiques business for 40 years. We trade on line and from showrooms on the edge of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and all  the items shown on the website are available to view at the show rooms where they are set out in four room settings – for ease of viewing. As long time members of LAPADA [the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers], the UK’s largest trade association for professional art and antiques dealers, we want all our customers to be confident to buy from us on line or in person and make every effort to make each sale a pleasure.  Please take some time to read our Testimonials page which can be found on the home page of our website.




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