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Vintage Travel Trunks

Scaramanga is proud to offer one of the widest ranges of antique and vintage travel trunks in the UK. Our ever-expanding range includes old steamer trunks, antique trunks, storage trunks, metal trunks, school trunks, industrial trunks, Saratoga trunks, old cabin trunks, wicker travel and Victorian trunks. All our historic pieces are ready to ship directly to your door from our UK warehouses located in Fife, Scotland. Although these have been around for thousands of years in China and elsewhere, the most common styles seen and referred to today date from the late 18th century to the early 20th century, when they were supplanted in the market by the cost-effective and lighter suitcase. Our glorious antique leather and vintage travel trunks are reminiscent of the halcyon days of luxurious intercontinental travel. These striking pieces of decorative and functional furniture also evoke images of chic trans-Atlantic ocean liner and steam train travel of the late Victorian era and into the early 20th century.

Like many things in the Victoria period, they originally started out with a pretty simplistic design and grew to be much more intricately designed. Initially composed as just a lockable, wooden box with a paper-lined interior (either decorative paper or something simple like newspaper), they then soon came to be covered in leather, paper, canvas and some form of metal hardware (e.g. embossed tin), and came to have different compartments, drawers, trays and hangers that made them all the more functional. Many of our finds still boast their authentic original shipping and airline labels to further exude the charm and excitement of world wide adventures from eras past.

While we no longer really use these pieces as luggage anymore (due in large part to airline restrictions and costs), there is still an innate appreciation and they make for authentic additions to any vintage inspired, kitsch or eclectic room or living space. These charming pieces are multi-functional and can be utilised in many different interesting and creative ways. Our larger varieties make for intriguing and stylish coffee tables with the added bonus of creating extra hidden storage space. Smaller varieties could be stacked to create an authentic and unique side table.

This eclectic method of incorporating original, vintage pieces into the home is sure to become an eye-catching decorative feature (and talking point) in any space. Incorporated into a vintage-style room with a globe, old maps and books would add significantly to the creation of a well-travelled atmosphere. Imagine an old library with dark teak hardwood bookcases and large leather couches, authentically finished with a perfectly placed original travel trunk. 

We also have several hundred old and antique wooden chests, storage boxes and coffers available to buy online, directly from the UK. Our original trunks, chests, suitcases and antique padlocks have featured in several blockbuster movies and TV dramas. The list continues to grow and currently includes film such as The Legend of Tarzan, Pan, Maleficent, The Hobbit, Dark Shadows, The Batman, No Time to Die and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. Our TV features include Strictly Come Dancing, Big Brother, The Witcher Season 2 and popular British drama Peaky Blinders. We also buy unwanted trunks, chests, boxes and suitcases.

If you have an old, antique or vintage trunks (or multiples) for sale please contact us directly through the contact methods listed on our website. If you are looking to make a wholesale purchase with us to furnish a retail shop, restaurant or other commercial space, we offer very competitive wholesale pricing, and all of our vintage and antique furniture pieces are on hand in our UK warehouse and available to ship to you immediately.