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A fantastic find...This is an early 1900s travel suitcase by the Samson made by Shwayder Brothers in Denver, Colorado.

The Colorado native Jesse Shwayder moved to New York in his 20s and was a successful sales rep for a large luggage company. When he returned home to Denver he started his own luggage company. The original name for that company was the Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company. Jesse started that company with his life's savings of $3,500.00. Later they renamed the luggage Samson around 1916. Then later changed the name to Samsonite around 1919.

There are 3 latches on this suitcase. The two outside latches say Shwayder the middle lock says Eagle Lock Company, made in the USA, Terryville, Conn. The original key accompanies the case and it does still work.

The inside has a mauve pattern paper covering, it is in good condition, does have some areas where it has worn away and you can see the old wood construction that the case is made of. This case also has the original Samson Label on the inside, label is pictured.

The case is 24 X 11 X 6 1\/4 inches.

Early 1900s Samson Luggage Suitcase by Shwayder Brothers, Denver, Co.---Pre Samsonite


  • Materials: cardboard, paper, metal, latches, lock, key
  • Only ships within United States.
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