The Joys of Vintage Luggage: Trunks, Hat Boxes, and Early Suitcases

Vintage luggage is making a comeback. And it’s not hard to see why. Vintage luggage from the 19th century was often crafted with the best materials and designed to withstand the harsh conditions of early modes of travel. Boxes, trunks and early suitcases featured intricate details, brass finishings and hardware, leather and fine upholstery, and …

Otter Wax

Back in the mid-19th Century, sailors discovered that applying wax to their sailcloth would make them go faster. When it rained, they wrapped themselves in their spare sails to stay dry. Clothing and equipment manufacturers soon realized that the inherent waterproofing properties of wax could be used on any fabric. They began coating cotton and …