It has a lovely history: it had originally belonged to the Duchess of Marlborough, Consuelo Vanderbilt. Consuelo Vanderbilt was the richest woman in America, and was married off completely against her will by her dreadfully social-climbing mother to the Duke of Marlborough. She was miserable and eventually left him after many years of great unhappiness, and ran away with a Frenchman called Jacques Balsan, whom she married in 1921. She became more or less a commoner with the initials CB, and I imagine the trunk was part of her wedding trousseau. She eventually gave it to Cecil Beaton.

via Telegraph

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