Posted 10 months ago
I recently acquired this trunk from my mother's estate. I know my sister bought it from an estate sale in the Sarnia, Ontario area in the 1970's. It is 32.5"W X 20.5"D X 21.5"H. The main centre lock is heavy brass made by Corbin Cabinet Lock Co, Conn, USA and the two trunk latches are Large #5's and made of heavy iron. All the metal is painted black. I think the trunk is entirely covered with leather - thick, flat and tacked with numerous 'nails'. The reinforcement strips are also tacked leather. It has 4 rollers on the bottom. I believe it is made of 'rough-sawn' slats of hardwood because it is heavy. There is a leather tag tacked to the front of the trunk that says, 'Manufactured by East & Company, Toronto, Canada'. I have not been able to find any information on this company, either on the internet or at the local library.
I have included a photo of another trunk that I did see on the internet that is similar but with polished brass accessories. (no information available on that trunk either)
If anyone can enlighten me in regard to the possible era of this trunk and/or any information on East & Company, I would be most appreciative. The curiosity is 'killing me'.