Looking for Mabel Normand

Madcap Mabel Normand




Marilyn Slater

Looking for Mabel

December 9, 2010


When I was a little girl, I used Mabel Normand’s “shoe trunk” for my Barbies, the Louis Vuitton trunk was just the right size, 35 ½ x 19 x 15.  It was sold in 2010 at the Profiles In History with a pair of black shoes with silver shoetrees and shoe horn.  There were a lot of Mabel Normand memorabilia around when I was growing up so the shoes were probably Mabel’s but the trunk had just dolls in it when I used it.” It was sold by Lee Westerlund to a collector after Julia Benson’s death as Julia never sold items that had been Mabel Normand’s, she donated material and gave items away.



Mabel Normand’s Louis Vuitton steamer trunk.  This beautiful vintage early 1920s Louis Vuitton steamer trunk belonged to Mabel Normand.  Constructed of poplar and covered in Louis Vuitton’s trademark dark brown leather with gold “LV” pattern, brass corner trim and lock and interior covered in canvas.  It features three felt-lined compartmental drawers with fabric handles (one handle broken).  Included inside is a pair of Normand’s black slip-on leather slippers with silver shoetrees and shoe horn.  The trunk is stamped “MN” in black on one end, “FRH – Shoe Trunk” painted in red on the lid and has a White Star Line label on another end.  The brass lock and clasps still work although there is no key.  The leather side handles are broken but present.  Measures 35 ½ in. long x 19 ½ in. tall x 15 in. deep.  It exhibits minor wear but remains in remarkably good condition.  Includes a LOA stating the trunk was acquired from Julia Benson, Mabel Normand’s nurse and longtime companion. 

updated March 2012