Early 20th Century Wooden Hat Box with Travel Labels - Red Star Line - Hotel - Handley Page Royal Air Service

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Nellie Wandermere watched intensely as the porter unloaded the luggage in her cabin.

“Please be careful with that hat box young man...I just purchased that hat in Paris...it must be handled with care,” she said in a firm, yet pleasant tone.

“Yes mum,” he replied as he gently placed the hat box on the top shelf of the closet, dusting the top off with his white glove.

Nellie and her new husband Walter were on the return leg of their honeymoon cruising on the S.S. Belgenland, the pride of the Red Star Line. They had spent all of July, 1924 on a whirlwind trip through Europe where Nellie had amassed a stock pile of fashion treasures.

Walter walked into the cabin just as the porter was finishing securing Nellie’s large assortment of trunks, bags and hat boxes. With a bewildered look, he stared at the pile of luggage which had nearly doubled in volume since they left New York.

“Walter dear, would you please tip this nice young man, he’s worked awful hard securing our things,” Nellie whispered in his ear as she tugged on the sleeve of his jacket in an attempt to raise him from his stupor.

Here is a unique and wonderful find--a late 1910s to early 1920s wooden hat box with loads of character and patina. This box measures 15" in diameter and stands 8.5" tall. It has three paper labels attached to the sides which include: "Handley Page Royal Air Mail Services" with a graphic of a biplane; A "Red Star Line" sticker and a large label which says "ROEBUCK OXFORD HOTEL".

This old box has a beautiful patina from years of use with some scratches, worn finish and there is some water damage (buckled and split veneer) to the top of the lid but it is structurally sound. It is missing its original leather handle which would have looped over the top. The paper labels are worn on the edges and faded but are still legible. The interior is very clean.

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