Grey Tweed Skyway Luggage Set
Rare and very stylish 3 piece set of vintage luggage from Skyway an American luggage and travel accessories company founded in 1910 and still in business today.
The set is in a dark grey tweed material. It should not be confused with the later tweed skyway luggage that can be found which has combination locks or the metal trim around the edges. Our set is earlier, dating to 1959-1960.
The largest suitcase is 30 by 21.5 by 9 inches. The next is 26.5 by 20, by 8 inches and lastly is the vanity/over night case which is 14 by 10 by 5.5 inches.
The condition is quite remarkable. The two large cases look almost unused with near perfectly clean interiors. Both have elasticated straps with chrome finished metal "buckles" in the top and lower sections to help keep clothing secure. They also have an internal panel with a full size zipped compartment which is lined in a plastic type material which is very useful for holding anything that could possibly leak or that would be better kept away from your clothing. The outside of the two larger cases are clean and without damage. Both have a pulley strap that attaches by a metal clip at one end and is snaps securely down at the other end when it is not needed. Both cases have protective metal corners and extra, very secure, latches on the sides. Combined with the three top latches this makes the cases very secure and ensure's they will not accidentally open during travel.
On the base of the larger cases there are meant to be four roller "feet". Two of them swivel but the other two do not and are meant to be used when using your pulley strap. The largest suitcase does not have the swivel feet, only the pulley feet. The second case has all four "feet".
The vanity style overnight case is near perfect on the outside, very clean with no damage. It has a large zipped compartment on one side. The interior, though in excellent condition, appears to show a little more use with a slight bit of fading and a minor rust coloured stain (please see photo). There are two zipped pockets, one on each side, which attach with velcro so can be removed or secured easily. You might be thinking that velcro was not in use in 1959 but velcro was created in 1941 and was in commercial use in the 1950's! The interior lid boasts numerous elasticated holders for hair brushes, combs, mirrors, containers etc. A very nice detail about this case is that it has a special hinge which is particularly strong and will not allow the lid to flop back; much appreciated when it carries breakable and/or special items.
UK postage is £12.00