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TrunkerMarvin

Indiana

Personal Website: ThisOldTrunk.com

I have enjoyed collecting and restoring antiques of all types including antique trunks for over 35 years. I enjoy travel and historical sites and have lived in 15 sI have enjoyed collecting and restoring antiques of all types including antique trunks for over 35 years. I enjoy travel and historical sites and have lived in 15 states and in Europe. (Read more)

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Drucker Barrel Top Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
A large alternating Slat Trunk, Martin Maier?   - Furniturein Furniture
Unusual large Antique Doll Trunk - Toysin Toys
Antique Martin Maier Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Trunk, Canvas covered ornate flat top - Furniturein Furniture
Flat top trunk, Striped canvas covered - Furniturein Furniture
Small Round top Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Tiny Jenny Lind Doll Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Civil War Union Officer's Trunk - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Civil War Valise (hand trunk) - Furniturein Furniture

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  1. Hi kpc, nice find! The trunk is an American made trunk from about 1910, give or take several years as these were made with that type hardware from around 1900 to the early 1920's. The Eagle Lock Co ...
  2. Looking good, KathyKay! Yes, this is a miniature Excelsior Patent 1868 trunk and if you look closely above the lock on the lid you will see where the original leather tag (or lifter) was nailed on ea...
  3. Thanks everyone! Jscotto363, yes, I wish the leather was a little better and I'd try to save it, but it just too far gone. They did some really fancy tooling on some of these trunks. I don't see man...
  4. Helfafly, if you would like to email some pictures of your trunk, I would be glad to see what I could tell you about it. The style, hardware, covering, etc. can tell a great deal about a trunk and i...
  5. Thanks everyone for the Loves and comments!
  6. Yes, no problem. I know I have your email somewhere, but to remind me please email me at Marvin@ThisOldTrunk.com to remind me.
  7. Hi, nice old trunk! You're correct the lock was made and patented by the Star Lock Works of Philadelphia. They made these locks for over 20 years based on other trunks I've seen and could determine t...
  8. KathyKay, yes, please email me at Marvin@ThisOldTrunk.com and I can send some pictures for you. Marvin
  9. Thanks KK!
  10. Lintz, that's amazing that this would have belonged to your g-g-grandfather! Please contact me again if you can... Marvin@ThisOldTrunk.com Thanks!
  11. Thanks for the comments and loves everyone. I'm very slow responding, sorry about that. Marvin
  12. Trunkman, I guess I missed this a long time ago. It's a great small size Vanderman chest! I have an original catalog from this company that shows all the sizes, purposes, etc. if you are interested...
  13. Wow, beautiful hat and trunk! Great addition to your collection. I have one old masonic hat and trunk, but of course a totally different style. I think you are probably pretty close on the age, or ...
  14. KathyKay, another great trunk! I love the old barrel top trunks like this. This one is probably from about 1885 to the late 1890's. I have personally tried a variety of leather conditions and on...
  15. Thanks for your comments jscotto and CindB!
  16. Beautiful Jenny Lind style trunk of the late 1850's to 1860's. These were named after the famous singer Jenny Lind, and I have done a lot of research over the years on these and there is a recent bre...
  17. Yes, there are Bridal or Bride's Trunks shown in a couple old trunk catalogs I own, and this fits the general description. They were always a very high quality, ornate trunk with a wonderful interio...
  18. Hi Aussiegirl, That is a great trunk and a pretty rare style. Wow, what a coincidence that I actually had the very same type of Oshkosh trunk which I restored, sold, and shipped to Australia a coup...
  19. Hi KathyKay, Love your mini oak slat trunk! That's a great find as these are very hard to find. I see my name was mentioned by Drill, and it's true I had studied this question for a long time (I a...
  20. Thanks a bunch jscotto!
  21. Beautiful job, excellent work! Enjoy your trunk!
  22. Hi, That's actually a very nice Jenny Lind type trunk and in very good restorable condition. I had also seen that on craigslist but just didn't get up there to look at it soon enough. I've always l...
  23. Just FYI, some of these same, or very similar, hardware pieces were made by the St. Louis Trunk Hardware company, the Hardware City Mfg Co., Gould & Son Hardware Co., Milwaukee Stamping Co., and the ...
  24. Great find! Your trunk is a very popular style made by many American trunk makers from the 1880's to 1920's. Based on the hardware styles it is most likely from around 1900 to 1910 give or take a fe...
  25. Nice Faber trunk. By the way, the interior lining is linen, which was used on many good quality trunks of the mid 1800's to the early 1900's. It was considered the best lining and was often imported...
  26. Great little trunk.... I love these small ones too. It's probably from the 1860's to 1870's. Most like this were advertised as hat trunks. Beautiful! Marvin, ThisOldTrunk.com
  27. Fabulous trunk, JonB! It's in such great original condition and appears to be unchanged, which is great. This trunk deserves to be well preserved. I wish it were me driving to pick it up..... I ha...
  28. JonB, love your trunk! This was a high quality trunk and I agree it was made by Carpeles, Heiser & Co., of Milwaukee. According to a Milwaukee history book, they used this name from 1870 to 1883, t...
  29. Drill, great southern trunk! I've been known to drive several hours for a trunk too... so you're not the only crazy one. The Atlanta Trunk Factory was also on Whitehall St., and there were a coupl...
  30. Drill, about your comment on the Pratt & Lambert stamp on the wood... I've had a number of trunks over the years with a stamp or painted name of some other company, under the canvas or metal covering...
  31. Neat trunk Drill! The Oct 23, 77 patent is one of Charles Taylor's. He had quite a few parts patents and then sold the rights to a parts maker in CT that sold the parts to many trunk makers. That's...
  32. Great find and nice work Drill. I've always liked these Faber trunks and have sold a couple and kept one for my collection too, but still have to do a little work on it. It is very similar to yours. ...
  33. Super trunk, I really love the great hardware and when they have the extra tack work. Should be a real beauty when it's done.
  34. Thanks Drill! Yes I also thought of listing it under trunks and maybe I still can.
  35. I know this is REALLY late for a reply, but I guess I just didn't notice the other comments until now. But thanks for the comments and question. Many of the pictures, or chromolithographs used in t...
  36. Thanks for all your kind comments!
  37. A beauty... especially like that fancy tack work around the lock... quite unusual!
  38. Wonderful! Now how about a few doll trunks to sit on top of the larger trunks... you can stack them to the ceiling! It's fun collecting trunks!
  39. Fabulous trunk! I had a nice trunk with the exact same unusual lock a couple years ago, but sold it. You probably know that you don't find too many trunks with such ornate hardware and beautiful int...
  40. Very nice original early 1900's hat trunk. It is very possible that the trunk could have been made in the U.S. or in Canada and the label is very likely the label of the retail store that sold trunks...
  41. Great find, very nice trunk! Congrats. Yes, it's rather hard to find a nice LV trunk that many of us could afford. P.S. The LV catalog listed this style as a "High Ladies Trunk" if it was over 27...
  42. Hi, just saw your unusual trunk... I love it! I've only seen a couple of these in many years but haven't been able to buy one yet. I can send you a copy of that patent document also if you don't alr...
  43. Beautiful original Drucker hat trunk! The Nathan Drucker trunk company (N. Drucker & Co.) made many styles of trunks in Cincinnati, Ohio from the 1880's and sometime around 1910 they merged with ano...
  44. Hi Ribs, I think the original color of the covering is a burgundy. Not sure what else to call it. I have only seen a couple with this color covering before. Marvin
  45. Hello, that's a very nice trunk you have. These were originally called Barrel Top trunks by most of the trunk makers and most list them that way in the old catalogs. Some makers also called these lar...
  46. Hello, what a great find! Amazing that people still throw out things like this. This style trunk was called a Cross Slat Barrel top trunk in the old trunk catalogs. They didn't use the name dome t...
  47. Hi, I love your trunk. That trunk was made sometime in the very early 1870's. Trunks from that time period had the leather tie down straps on the front, the fancy brass locks of that style, and some...
  48. Wow, there are a lot of trunk enthusiasts or collectors on here now! Thanks everyone for your kind comments. Keep on trunkin'.
  49. Hello, I really like your trunk. It looks like it has tooled leather covering, which was often on the better trunks of this type. The cast metal slat bumper clamps on your trunk were patented in 18...
  50. You found a nice dresser trunk at a very good price. In the old catalogs these were called dresser or bureau trunks and they were made mostly from about 1890 to 1920, and they kept using those latch...
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