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    Default Excess BaggageThe maharaja’s favorite collectibles: Louis Vuitton trunks

    Hello Girls,
    Trolling around the internet..... and I found this great article....
    I hope you girls don't mind me posting this stuff here (if not - please tell me and I will stop).

    Excess BaggageThe maharaja’s favorite collectibles: Louis Vuitton trunks

    By: Jackie Range

    Extra Baggage: Louis Vuitton Trunks - WSJ Magazine

    Within the hundreds of rooms at the palace of His Highness Gaj Singh II, the maharajah of Jodhpur, the antique clocks and furniture on display are priceless reminders of the family’s heritage as rulers of a desert kingdom. Stored in a cool basement is one of the most telling of heirlooms: a set of five custom-made Louis Vuitton trunks.

    The cornerstone of Louis Vuitton’s late-19th-century Parisian luggage business, these sturdy leather trunks, originally encased in canvas, were built to survive voyages in the holds and cabins of passenger ships and on the backs of elephants. Indian royalty were some of the first to commission cases for long-haul travel, some containing simple hanging racks, others with portable beds.

    Singh’s grandfather Maharajah Umaid Singh, the man responsible for building Umaid Bhawan Palace, an Art Deco edifice overlooking Jodhpur, traveled by sea in 1925 to a polo tournament in England—along with the polo team, 60 ponies and their grooms. He’s thought to have bought the trunks while on the trip.

    Gaj Singh, 61, stumbled upon the trunks in a palace storeroom while home during a college break as a teenager. “It gave me a link, a tactile link, with the life of my grandfather,” he says of the man who died in 1947, just before India’s independence from Britain.

    Under colonial reign, the Singh family was recognized as rulers of Marwar, a western kingdom on the edge of the Thar Desert, now part of Rajasthan. After Prime Minister Indira Gandhi withdrew the privileges of the princes in 1971, Singh reorganized his affairs and built a tourism business. Now, there’s a luxury Taj hotel on the 26-acre grounds.

    The set, last estimated to be worth at least $15,500, includes a rare hatbox that could have been designed to carry turbans. The set isn’t for sale, Singh says. “It belongs here, to this palace, to the man who built this palace.”

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    Default Re: Excess BaggageThe maharaja’s favorite collectibles: Louis Vuitton trunks

    Wow, interesting article Archie. I do like the articles you post- they are all good reads.

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    Default Re: Excess BaggageThe maharaja’s favorite collectibles: Louis Vuitton trunks

    what a cool article! it must have been amazing to just find these trunks just tucked away and forgotten in a storeroom...now why can't i ever find anything cool like that in my house! lol
    Now on a BAN!

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