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Chetwynd family suitcase

This suitcase probably dates from the 1940s or 1950s. It is stamped with the initials B. A. C. which stand for Beatrice Ada Chetwynd. Beatrice’s family lived at Brocton Hall just outside Stafford for several generations. Ada will have used the suitcase for travelling around the country and for going abroad on holiday. However, when the suitcase arrived in the museum collection it contained a treasure trove of Chetwynd family heirlooms which Ada had left in her will to a close family friend. These treasures included several gentleman’s embroidered silk waistcoats dating from about 1800, a beautifully hand embroidered man’s coat worn to the court of George III, shoe buckles and handmade infant’s bonnets.