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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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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
Civil War period square Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Favorite Jenny Lind Doll Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Metal Covered Toy or Doll Trunk - Furniturein Furniture

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  1. 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...
  2. 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
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Wow, there are a lot of trunk enthusiasts or collectors on here now! Thanks everyone for your kind comments. Keep on trunkin'.
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Trunkman and Aimathena, thanks very much for your comments.
  10. Hi, I like your Jenny Lind trunk. These have always been one of my favorite styles of trunks and I've done a lot of research on them. They were made in the U.S. from about 1850 and until about 1870...
  11. Hi, nice trunk and I wanted to share a little information. I've collected and studied or researched trunks for about 40 years. The special stay hinges on this trunk were patented by Frank Mix in 188...
  12. Hi, just saw all your pictures of the small trunk. I've studied and collected trunks for about 40 years now myself and have a few round ones of different sizes in my collection. Many people call the...
  13. typo...obviously I meant 1910 to 1930s. Thanks
  14. Hi, this is a German made Wardrobe trunk from about 1910 to 1030. Moritz Madler Co. of Leipzig, Germany was the largest trunk maker in Germany and patented the trunk style like this with the narrow ...
  15. Another nice Canadian trunk. I don't see Canadian made trunks very often. The 1890's were the biggest years for wall trunks being developed and patented in the U.S. So far I have found patents for ...
  16. Hi trunkman, I really like your trunk. Yes, I would call it a carpet or tapestry trunk too. After all trunk makers made carpet bags for many years from the mid 1800's, so why not put some of the car...
  17. Hi, First, I agree this is not an automobile trunk and it was not called a "steamer" trunk either. It was sold in 1914 and one of their Professional XX series trunks, which Taylor specialized in mak...
  18. This is one of a large variety of wardrobe trunks made by C.A. Taylor Trunk Works of Chicago. The company was established in 1858, but this trunk with this late style label and hardware was made some...
  19. Hi, you have a beautiful example of the crystalized tin covered trunks of the 1890's. I've collected and worked on trunks for about 40 years and know how hard it is to find them so complete and in ve...
  20. Hello trunkman, That's a very interesting slat trunk you have. Maybe you have seen the oak slat trunk I listed here about a year ago. I've been doing a lot of research on these trunks for a few ye...
  21. Nice looking embossed metal trunk. Yes, it's the 1880 patented cross slat style, but the front latches and embossed metal were patented later in the 1880's and most of these trunks were actually made ...
  22. Thanks Senor! Yes, someone really took care of this one.
  23. I don't know, most handles are on the top. But even some other small trunks, uniform cases, etc. are found with the handle by the lock so it's not the only one made this way.
  24. Don't remove the leather strap inside, it's original to hold the pieces in the lid.
  25. Your canvas covered semi-flat top trunk (slightly curved) has hardware that is most common on trunks from the 1880's to 1890's. The latches were patented in 1878 but were used for many years. Those ...
  26. Neverbreak was a line of trunks made by Goldsmith and Son Trunk Co. of Newark, NJ in the early 1900's until the 1940's. They had nothing to do with Crouch & Fitzgerald of NY. Neverbreak trunks were ...
  27. Hi, Your small trunk was originally all covered with paper with designs printed on it to resemble tooled leather. You can still see traces of the old paper. These were made from the late 1860's thro...
  28. Senor_trunk, that large Jenny Lind had leather but it was too rotten to save and the wood was beautiful when refinished. It was a 30" trunk I had but sold. I just wanted people to see what some of t...
  29. Thanks for your comments. I love some of your items too, especially the early tintype of your great grandfather. That's great to have something like that! Marvin, ThisOldTrunk.com
  30. My input is based on the historical documents, ads, labels, trunk catalogs, etc. that I've found and from several dozen similar trunks I've seen over a span of 40 years. I do not believe anything has ...
  31. Thanks senor_trunk. I have been studying and researching trunks in depth in the last few years with the help of internet historical resources, but also many years prior to that based on working on tr...
  32. Your little trunk is very clean and rust free partly because the silver colored metal is zinc or zinc coated, which was done mostly in the 1870's but began in the late 1860's. It faded out in the ea...
  33. Anywhere I can! I've bought very few from people contacting me. It's been mostly a lot of hunting around flea markets, estate sales, auctions, shows, shops, etc. Keep in mind I've been collecting for...
  34. Thanks Judee, I know what you mean and I feel the same way so I started collecting the smaller trunks mostly, but still end up buying a large one now and then that I can't resist. Sometimes I have t...
  35. It probably was Buffalo if you find part of the name. They often put the size on also, but it would have been 34 for this trunk, so that number could have been a model number or something else. I've...
  36. In 1909, General Electric first used the name Mazda on their lamps (light bulbs). Today, we associate the name with automobiles, but when it was first used by GE it was chosen due to the fact that Per...
  37. Nice old Gent's trunk. I have seen similar trunks in early trunk catalogs and they did call them Gent's trunks. Made by many U.S. trunk companies between the late 1890's until about 1915 in this sty...
  38. Yes, a monitor style trunk from the early 1900's. That style lock was made by several lock companies and the name is usually on the front above the keyhole. The keycode is usually on the bottom part...
  39. Beautiful leather Finnigans trunk or case. I like the Madler trunk too and have a hat trunk made by them which is lined with green silk.
  40. Yeah, maybe the trunk is haunted or something! Anyway, I deal in antique trunks as a business and this was probably made in the 1950's by some company like Seward Trunk and Bag in VA, or other compa...
  41. Hi, nice small trunk. In the old trunk catalogs I have these small trunks were called Hat Boxes or Hat Trunks. But I'm sure some of them must have been made and used for other purposes too. The loc...
  42. Neat piece! Good luck finding more information.
  43. Very attractive. Yes, it's oriental and certainly could be Chinese but they are made in other countries too. My father got something similar in Korea, and they are still being made so they aren't al...
  44. Sure, check with me anytime. I'll see if I can help you find what you need.
  45. Also, I forgot to mention that it is generally much harder to find keys for the foreign made locks, but not impossible. Some of them have numbers on the locks which will match the key, but there aren...
  46. Most early American made trunk locks use what is called a barrel key, which has a hole in the center. Some very early trunk locks of the early 1800's to 1860's were hand made and it is rather difficu...
  47. Most likely somewhere in the northeast U.S. because that's where most of the U.S trunk makers were at that time, but it could have been made in other U.S. states also as most had trunk makers too. On...
  48. I agree, that is great to find information like that. Thanks.
  49. Link to show Jenny Lind and other style trunks. http://www.ThisOldTrunk.com/history/index.html
  50. I have a lot of information about the wardrobe trunks, which this is, on my website. These were very popular in the early 1900's until the 1950's and made by many trunk companies. Your trunk had two...
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