This Louis Vuitton toolbox came to us in rather poor condition. The list of damage was long:
It was a real pleasure to work on this box. Indeed it is the only old Louis Vuitton work which is not covered with coated canvas. Entirely in noble wood . Mahogany is a "precious" wood with a very fine grain, it is termite resistant. Color "brown / red", it is appreciated and used in sculpture and in the manufacture of furniture, often in simple veneer, given its value. This box, on the other hand, is made of solid wood.
In fact, the trunks were made of poplar wood. The choice of wood is very interesting but also the construction. No nails or glue. Traditional assembly of Carpentry / Cabinetmaking. Dovetail assembly also called swallowtail , or eagle tail for their shapes. This assembly, with extraordinary mechanical properties , acts as a locking key. Its use dates back to ancient Egypt. Today still used by Luthiers , Naval carpenters and Cabinetmaker. They are often found, for example, in the traditional assembly of office drawers.
Appeared in the Louis Vuitton catalog in the 1900s , this box was attached to the car part market. At the time when the toolbox was essential on the first motorized vehicles.
These toolboxes accommodated among other things keys to remove the wheels, the crank to start, and the essentials for a quick repair .
Our restoration workshops have unique know-how , gestures and materials have not changed. When restoring, time does not count, only the result matters. Our goal is to find the original appearance of the trunk before its last trip .
Complete dismantling of parts to be polished and wood.
Sanding, the purpose of the operation is to "bare" the wood by successively removing the layers of varnish, paint , dirt and scratches . Once the healthy wood is discovered, it squeezed degreased ready for varnishing.
Buffer varnish , given the time of this object, we opted for a traditional shellac varnish , a natural product that is no longer used today except in the restoration of antique furniture and musical instruments. old. Very long work. It is done in 8 to 10 very thin successive layers. The work of the cabinetmaker .
Restoring brass jewelry, On this toolbox, several accidents course. A hole in the brass rod, the lock broken. We repaired them and then proceeded to polish the brass parts.
Reassembly of the box, once all the parts have been restored, all that remains is to reassemble everything carefully.
Riveting, part of the hardware is fixed by slotted head brass screws. The other part like the lock or the clasp are riveted.
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Pampering, we clean everything, we check that everything is perfect and we finish the last adjustments.
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