I’m definitely a fan of vintage trunks and suitcases and have a few around my house filled with clothes, toys and all sorts! They look cool, usually have a lot of interesting history, especially if you find a travel trunk covered in stickers from all over the world and are very useful!
This small old bag or mini trunk was used by the British Post Office, most like during the 1960 to the early 1970’s as its marked Post Office as opposed to G.P.O for General Post Office, which was abolished in 1969. It could however be older, but my research on this has not turned up much!
Measuring approximately 28.5cm by 24.5cm by 12.5cm and its in good used condition, retaining much of its character and patina. It has some corrosion to the metal parts and some warping to the material that its made from, which up until now, is the subject of much debate, as it looks like leather, sounds like melamine (plastic) but also looks a bit like paper or card when you look at the edges, hence describing it as “hard shell” as its hard and stiff. Inside, it’s a little dusty and has some wear and tear, but there are no breaks or splits and the handle, hinges and latches work as they should.
A very cool, usable and collectable piece of British Post Office history that would make a great addition to any vintage P.O. or suitcase/trunk collection!