In the course of the 19th century travel by steamship and train became more comfortable than the bumpy trip by carriage. Though large traveling trunks were still used for long trips, for shorter journeys people started to travel with flat, leather suitcases. They could be carried by hand and were easily stacked. The collection of the Museum of Bags and Purses (the Tassenmuseum Hendrikje) includes several interesting traveling items from famous brands such as Louis Vuitton, Goyard, Asprey and Samsonite.
Carpetbag with leather sides and embroidered front and and back, and long cord handle
Brown leather dressing bag with contents, J.H. Stein Jr. from The Hague
The Netherlands, 1880-1910
Leather toilet bottle case for three bottles with silver metal tops
The Netherlands, 1920-1940
Large leather suitcase with gold metal hardware and travel stickers, Mädler
Leather travelbag with central panel with contents, made by John Pound & Co., UK for LE LORRAIN BRUXELLES
UK/ Belgium, 1880-1900
Leather gentleman's dressing case with glass, silver and ivory nécessaires, maker: J.W. Benson
Leather hatbox with the Tower hat from 'House of England 'London - Amsterdam'
The Netherlands, 1920s.
Leather travel bag with accompanying silver and crystal necessaires are finished with silver monogram of King Willem III, Storck & Sinsheimer in Hanau
Germany, late 19th C
Travel case carried by Prince Bernhard (1911-2004) of the Netherlands, Scherk in Berlin
'Wardrobe' trunk is made of leather, manufacted by Belber USA) for the shop Verweegen & Kok in Amsterdam
Louis Vuitton Steamer bag, made of LV monogram canvas and leather, reissued in the 1970s
Leather travelling bag with patent leather bow decoration, Samsonite Black Label by Viktor & Rolf