State statement before restoration
This trunk Louis Vuitton has suffered the ravages of time. It could have even ended its days in a garbage dump
This is a pretty serious case. It seemed interesting to us to restore it.
It is a perfect trunk for a decoration. Originally, it was sold in the 3rd series, ie
in "entry-level" of the time. (see Louis Vuitton catalog 1914)
- Brass are oxidized
- The metal is completely rusted
- The canvas is torn in places.
- The top has undergone the water, the light ...
- A slate is destroyed and very damaged
- The interior is destroyed and smelly
- The 7 lock nails are no longer original Vuitton nails
- The underside and the barrel are in good condition, without worm attack
State report after restoration
What we have done :
- The metals were brushed and the choice was made not to re-color them in black.
It is always possible afterwards and it represents an afternoon of work. To preserve the metals in "natural", it is first to leave the choice to the customer and show him that there is no more rust. It would be a lot simpler to just brush a little bit and paint top to "hide the rust ... The effort is paying and have a trunk clean seems important.
- The 7 failed nails were removed, the lock deposited and re-posed with old nails.
- The canvas was washed, then, according to a process that we can not explain on the internet, the colors are pale
from the canvas were revealing.
- A piece of wood slat was canibalised on a Vuitton trunk destroyed and replaced on the top, with all the original nails of this trunk precisely.
- The interior has been redone, the labels rested then.
What we did not do, voluntarily:
- We replaced only 1 slate, even when the others had some defects,
We believe that the existing one must be preserved as much as possible.
- We did not cut canvas, while in some places it is possible to do it, if the customer wishes, always in a patina idea