Canvas travelling bag with wool embroidery and beads

Canvas travelling bag with wool embroidery and beads, leather sides and copper frame, United Kingdom, 1850
Producer
Saddle maker
Interesting
Embroidery
Year
1850

In the nineteenth century, travelling became faster, cheaper, and more comfortable.

New forms of travel created a need for new forms of luggage. Traditional dome-topped trunks were replaced by leather bags and suitcases that were smaller and easier to carry. The travel bag became an indispensable item, with canvas bags gaining in popularity after 1850. Many women embroidered their bags themselves, to which a local saddler could then fit leather corners and handles, and a metal frame. This travelling bag is representative of this trend. One side of the bag is decorated with flowers, whilst on the other features a beaded dog.

 

On permanent display in the Museum of Bags.

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