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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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Small Carpet Covered Trunk, F.W.Gromm, Denver - Furniturein Furniture
McLeod & Shotton Slat Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Excelsior 1868 Patent trunk, Oak Slat - Furniturein Furniture
Small Cube shaped Trunk - Heavy Duty! - Furniturein Furniture
Taylor Ticket Trunk, Theatrical - Furniturein Furniture
Leather covered small trunk or hat trunk, 1850's - Furniturein Furniture
Stagecoach or Gold Rush Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Alligator Embossed Metal Antique Doll Trunk - Dollsin Dolls
Brass antique trunk lock... George Washington?? - Furniturein Furniture
Drucker Barrel Top Trunk - Furniturein Furniture

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  1. Thanks for taking a look and for the loves everyone!
  2. Super find Drill... it's a great one! I would have made the drive too... in fact I'll drive right over and pick it up if you just tell me which day is best!
  3. Thanks for the visit and "love" GateKeeper, OMG, and all others, I appreciate it.
  4. Very nice job KathyKay! I agree that it's nice sometimes to dress up the plains ones a little, when you can use something that is appropriate or period looking. I think this works great for this one ...
  5. Thanks trunkjunky! I've been a fellow trunk junky for many years. Picked one up yesterday which I hope to photograph later today. Yeah, I also get some handles and leather from B Village, but they ...
  6. Hi Drill, thanks for your comments! Yes, it would be pretty tough to load up the large trunks and travel around for a show, hardly feasible for most people. At least this is a pretty good forum as y...
  7. Thanks for all your "loves" everyone. KathyKay, I have run out of room, so the small ones are great, but I still can't pass up a great large one when I find it! Does anyone else have that problem??
  8. Thanks trunkman, I appreciate it! Wouldn't it be interesting and fun if we could organize a real collectors "trunk show" sometime? Lots of other collector's clubs do something like that and share in...
  9. Thanks Scott, yes, it's all original and in nice condition. I think this probably would have been considered a hat trunk based on the size and what I've seen in old trunk company catalogs. It took ...
  10. Yes, that metal and hardware had a thin brass plating. You can find some antique brass paint or maybe tint some shellac or poly if you want to try that. I personally don't think it would be bad to l...
  11. Beautiful carpet trunk! All the hardware is American in design and patents. Some trunk makers did use prints that had European designs or themes. Most of the pictures were printed by American printi...
  12. Beautiful! Great piece to keep in your collection!
  13. Hi KathyKay, A friend of mine in Boston had a slat trunk nearly identical to this one a couple years ago, also had a Fall River Trunk company label. Based on the brass plated hardware and style, it ...
  14. Super job! I love the trunk and the interior and your work is top notch! My research on the rare grape hardware shows it was patented in 1884 and I believe it was by a craftsman of the Nathan Drucke...
  15. Great finds and wow, what great prices! I'm jealous that you found two great trunks together.. a rare find. Yes, a Martin Maier slat trunk from the late 1880's to 1890's. I had one exactly like tha...
  16. That's a great trunk you found! Yes, a Romadka Brothers barrel top trunk from Milwaukee and I love their trunks as they had some of the best looking hardware. I've restored a couple Romadka trunks li...
  17. Hi Drill, yes, you are probably correct about that. Thanks for pointing that out. I don't know when the company got started, but it doesn't really matter to this trunk as it is obviously from the l...
  18. Hamish, thanks for the comment. There are many fairly simple, basic types of trunks that you could find to start with. I personally try to stay away from trunks that are not wood, which are usually...
  19. Thanks JonB! I haven't found time to work on it yet because I've very busy restoring some trunks for other people. I hope to get to it in the spring. I think it's a great trunk too. I have just fin...
  20. Thanks gundy, bjb, and shareurpassion, yes it is fun to consider what some of these trunks were used for. I believe there were a good variety of "custom" made trunks for special purposes, such as th...
  21. Thanks gundy! I would say I have to agree about the trunk. Have a great weekend!
  22. Beautiful job on this great trunk! yes, the B.B.& B is for Boyd, Boyd, & Boyd... I've done a couple of the Taylor trunks that had the canvas cemented on... wow, what a job to remove!! A few makers ...
  23. Thanks everyone for your "loves"!
  24. Thanks trunkman, Drill, and bjb! Yes, there was another maker which I believe got into the game on these fairly late, maybe in the 1890's, and that was the Fall River Trunk Company of Fall River, MA...
  25. Hello again, I wanted to say that now after more research on these and upon finding a couple of the slat trunks made by the McLeod & Shotten trunk company of Montreal Canada, I believe this trunk may...
  26. JonB, Great find! I love the fancy Martin Maier trunks and it's just a nice coincidence that I have the same initials as his, so I love the M hardware. It's very hard to know how long many of the t...
  27. Thanks for the loves everyone!
  28. Thank you myoldkyhome, jscotto363, JonB, and trunkman! I appreciate the comments.
  29. Thanks KathyKay, Yeah, I've only seen two of these in many years, so they are quite hard to find.
  30. Ben, Yes, they made them in many sizes, from these "half" trunks to very large barrel tops about 38 to 40" wide.
  31. Thanks Drill!
  32. Thanks TheGateKeeper, AntiqueToys, and Lady_Picker!
  33. Thanks aghcollect!
  34. Hi Chris, welcome to the world of trunk restoring and collecting! I've been at it for many years and started in a similar way. Along the way I've done a lot of research so I can tell you that the tr...
  35. Hi elocard, That's a very interesting story and I think it was meant for you to get this trunk and preserve it from destruction! I know it's a lot of work to remove the old paint. I first started w...
  36. JonB, neat trunk you found... I definitely know what you mean about running out of room! Imagine becoming a "trunk junkie" about 40 years ago as I did, and I still can't pass up some trunks, so they...
  37. Very neat.. you don't see the early Romadka latches very often. I think they made a couple variations of these latches.
  38. Thanks trunkman, I agree it is interesting when you see the smaller size trunks with lots of nice hardware.
  39. Beautiful condition! I agree, probably a Barnard Brothers trunk.
  40. Thanks for the comments and "loves" everyone!
  41. Hello heatherw, You trunk is a good example of the "cross slat" round top trunks with embossed metal covering that were made by many American trunk companies from the mid 1880's until the early 192...
  42. Thanks Drill! Yes, it does look like Taylor hardware but doesn't have their name on it. I think Taylor was the first to use this design but then the Sessions hardware company started making this sty...
  43. Thanks JonB. I wish I knew what it was used for but I really don't know and I'm sure many could take a guess at that!
  44. Thanks Ben, appreciate the comments. Well, I have a few more of various types and will share more pictures later. Yeah, I love that lock too! Thanks.
  45. Thanks Fatboy64 and gthandymanco!
  46. Thanks Ben, very kind of you. It is fun finding something unique like this. I love your trunk too!
  47. Thanks for the loves Sherwood Trunks and VanessaT. This is still one of my favorites and I'm glad I kept it.
  48. Hi tmwhitaker, that's great that you saved the trunk from being thrown out. It's hard to believe that some people still think something like this is junk not worth keeping. And a lot of these trun...
  49. Hi Drill, yeah I had done some research on Pearl Tangley and Norman Glenwood Baker when I first obtained the trunk a few years ago. I had found the pictures of that unusual token and it is certainly...
  50. Thanks for the loves people! I appreciate it and hope you don't mind me not listing everyone here, but thanks!
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