Posted 4 years ago
One of my favorite small trunks, sometimes called a Half Trunk or Hat Trunk. This one was very well preserved in great original condition, including the old key, inside covered tray, and leather handles. You can see the metal hardware still has some of the original tin coating on it. Most trunks from the 1880's to 1890's had tinned hardware and nails which made them look silver in color. This is canvas covered and paper covered inside with the colorful Victorian chromolithographs and trim. They wrote the owners name on the side with fancy lettering! That was pretty common to do on old trunks. This trunk was probably made in the mid 1890's based on the hardware styles. I tried to research the original owner but couldn't find too much except that they were probably Irish.