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Posted 2 years ago


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In order to celebrate my 100th post I present to you my "Perfection Wall Trunk". Wall trunks open with the back against a wall. They made fewer of them and thus are a rarer type and style of trunk. This one was made in the late 1880's and has all the features of a quality trunk including finger lift, cast iron corners and number 4 latches as well as two cast iron guides on the sides. My dilemma has been wether or not to strip off the canvas and refinish this trunk -- or to keep it as is. I am not fond of brown canvas -- however this one is in such good shape I fear altering it. Thanks for looking!


  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Splendid trunk!! May I ask, is there brown canvas on the exterior, interior, or both? Thought that I detected exterior canvas in last photo. Wonderful fittings/hardware!! What does the 'label' on the interior of lid say? Is the large dark mark a monogram, logo, or other, please? Thanks. Trunkman, congratulations on a splendid 100th post!!!
  2. myoldkyhome myoldkyhome, 2 years ago
    Great trunk! I think it's great just the way it is. What is the significance of a number 4 latch?
  3. trunkman trunkman, 2 years ago
    Thanks eye for your cheers and officialfuel, mikko, walksoftly, myoldkyhome, and petey for the L's. Mikko -- there is only canvas on the outside -- there was some metal lettering on the label but most of it broke off so it is illegible, however the stamp ink writing says "Perfection Wall Trunk". I always looks out for number 3 or 4 or 5th latches, as they are the ones that are cast iron and indicative of a quality early trunk. (The numbers are on the crown of the latch) Thanks bunches...
  4. trunkman trunkman, 2 years ago
    Thanks SherryNorwood for the love....
  5. epson233 epson233, 2 years ago
    ohhhh -- you have a pretty wall trunk also -- nope i would not take off that canvas -- save this one for prosperity -- much too nice of condition
  6. trunkingforfun, 1 year ago

    I wish to one day come across one of these. It is just the best.
  7. DobbinDee70, 1 year ago
    trunkman : I have a trunk like this one with a patent date of 1879 that once belonged to my grandfather . Mine is not in very good shape . The canvas has been mostly removed , the leather handles are gone , as well as the inside tray . Also the latches except for the large one in the middle are missing or broken . I have one latche in tack that came off that I try to keep inside of the trunk . The hinges are loose I think because one of my uncles had it and did not take very good care of it before it was handed down to me . One of the wood straps on top is also broken and part of it is missing . I know that all of that effects the value of it . However since it is rarer type of trunk and they made fewer of them how would I go about finding out it's value ? My husband hates it and has wanted me to get rid of it but I have hung onto it because it is the only thing I have that was at one time my grandfather's .
  8. trunkman trunkman, 1 year ago
    DobbinDee70 -- thanks for the comment. Hard to comment on value without a picture, but by the sounds of it it is pretty beat up, which does affect value quite a bit. Rarity is a big a factor as condition and one will cancel the other. The value will remain on the sentimental side of your grandfather's trunk. They do refinish quite nicely and perhaps with some minor repair and a few online replacements parts in can be restored to a suitable condition. Take a look on some auction sites or local classifieds to get an approximation of value in your area. Hope this helps a little....
  9. DobbinDee70, 1 year ago
    trunkman : Thanks can you give me a website where I can look for replacement parts ? I also would have no idea of how to go about restoring it . My grandfather's last name is Boone and he is related to Daniel Boone and I do not know how long this trunk has been in the family . I would love to have it restored someday .
  10. trunkman trunkman, 1 year ago
    DobbinDee70 -- -- go on the trunk showcase section and scroll down you will see parts. There are a few other sites, just start looking up sites that sell trunks. Good luck with your project.
  11. DobbinDee70, 1 year ago
    Thank you .
  12. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 8 months ago
    sweet... wish I could see more but fterthis row my puter wont show any moe just red x'es .. need new puter this is old and needs to be taken out back and shot

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