Excess Baggage

With its classic, boxy style, Globe-Trotter luggage is a throwback to another era


Queen Elizabeth II took Globe-Trotter luggage on her honeymoon; so did Princess Diana. Edmund Hillary took his set to base camp on Mount Everest. And as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Winston Churchill was never without his attaché case. It's no wonder Globe-Trotter calls itself "the quintessential British suitcase."

Founded by Englishman David Nelkin in Saxony, Germany, in 1897, the firm moved in 1901 to London, where it earned a reputation for exceptionally strong and lightweight suitcases. The cover of Globe-Trotter's 1912-13 catalog illustrated a test that placed an elephant atop a cabin trunk, with a tagline trumpeting the 24-lb. (11...

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