Look what I found!? Well, I didn't exactly find it in a huge heap of junk or anything (where I usually find most of the good stuff) but I did place a bid on it at a thrift store auction and surprisingly won?!
I wasn't allowed to look inside or touch it while it was on display, so I just had to trust that it wasn't stained with cat pee or mouldy inside from some rich guy's damp, rotten socks. Luckily it's pristine inside and, even better, it's Vuittonite Orange. Now, up until yesterday I would have rolled my eyes and punched you out if you had said Vuittonite Orange to me, especially if you were speaking in a faux French accent, but it turns out this is a rare feature and dates the case back to the very early 1900s.
After fondling this box for hours on end, I finally get why people covet these old pieces. It was so well made, it really was an art form (I say was because I'm not so sure about newly made Louis Vuitton products compared to these old pieces). Although I'm still not a fan of the LV status brand that it is today, I have to admit that I'm now a convert when it comes to these geriatric beauties.
Now I'm on a mission to find out exactly what this would have been used for. It opens from the top as well as the front, which is very unusual. I can only assume this was a custom piece that W.C.D. had made to carry something very specific like bloomers, monocles or a small folding unicycle? I welcome your suggestions!