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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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1870's Trunk from Columbus, Ohio - Furniturein Furniture
Taylor XX Sample Trunk - Part 2 - Furniturein Furniture
C. A. Taylor XX Sample Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
German Leather & Brass Hat Trunk by Karl Kramer - Furniturein Furniture
Toy / Doll Bureau or Dresser Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Fiber Covered Trunk, 1880's, with ornate Corbin lock - Furniturein Furniture
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

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  1. Great little trunk. I personally think some small trunks of this type may have been made for actual travel purposes, just for carrying small samples, or special purposes, rather than as a child's toy...
  2. While it is an interesting chest, I agree that it's almost definitely a new or fairly new item made to look old. Many types of these are being made in India and Asian countries, using the same style ...
  3. Thanks for your visit and feedback Greendog and SpiritBear!
  4. I'm sure those will be treasured for many years to come by your granddaughters! I think trunks make great gifts and are so useful and beautiful. Great job! I'd say you are correct about the age. Th...
  5. Thanks Kerry10456!
  6. Thanks very much for your comments fortapache, Jscott, and myoldkyhome! Drill, thanks also! I examined the flag and trunk lithograph very carefully in the trunk and I do believe it was original. ...
  7. Trunkman, thanks very much! Antique trunks continue to fascinate me by the variety of hardware and designs even after 40 years of collecting them.. keeps it fun!
  8. AnnaB, very nice find. I also think it's an English made camphor wood trunk from the mid 1800's. The mark on the lock is V R which is for Victoria Regina (Latin), the mark used on items made during...
  9. Beautiful job Scott!
  10. Thank you Kerry. I'll be posting a few more of them in the weeks to come.
  11. You're welcome Drill. Thanks for your posts. I also find that some of the patents can be difficult to find for some reason even when you have the correct patent date.
  12. Here's the link for the correct patent for the handle hardware. Taylor had a lot of patents over the years. https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pdfs/076a1fff0baab4c0d013/US287227.pdf
  13. Drill, yes, that's a cool patent, but it's not the one for the handle parts. They actually had two patents on the same day, and the other one is called Trunk Fixture, Oct. 23, 1880. I have a copy ...
  14. Thanks Scott! Trunkman, I agree and it includes the patent date of Oct 23, 1883, the patent was given to Albert Buckins and Charles Taylor for this style handle holder connected to wood slats and...
  15. Hello, that's a nice road side find! It's a canvas covered wooden trunk made sometime around 1900 to about 1915 give or take a few years. I have several old trunk catalogs which show similar trunks...
  16. Celiene, thanks for the suggestion. I've posted a second set of pictures including the label.
  17. Happy Thanksgiving, have a great day! And thanks for the "loves" and feedback everyone. Drill, those posts are very interesting. I'm also going to do another post to show the label and a couple m...
  18. Great find, such nice complete condition! I've seen very few of the wood grain finished metal trunks in nice condition. And the brass plated hardware of that type is pretty rare. Not sure which com...
  19. Drill, thanks for the comments and I think the Houdini trunk links are fantastic! Thanks for providing those links! Some great pictures and a couple do look like Taylor trunks.
  20. Thanks trunkman! I'm very happy that this one is going to a Taylor family member!
  21. Great addition jscott! I considered bidding on that one too, but thought of you when I saw it. Glad you got it. The hats look great in it.
  22. Trunkman, I agree with the others, a great job removing the pepto paint! A very nice leather trunk and great to see another one saved! I've removed paint from a few trunks before but sure don't enjo...
  23. Very nice trunk, Josh. Nice hardware and ornamentation. I'd recommend you use some good leather preservative on the leather and there are several brands available and mink oil works well too. I so...
  24. Thanks for visiting Signaholic! You've got some great advertising pieces!
  25. Hi Jim, Your trunk is a style which the makers generally called a cross slat round top trunk with embossed metal covering. With that type hardware and embossed metal, these trunks were made from th...
  26. Hi Josh and welcome. Nice Martin Maier trunk you found. It was probably a leather covered trunk originally. I love the MM trunks and have a few in my collection too and it doesn't hurt that the MM...
  27. Hello fellow trunk collectors.. I don't want to cause any argument, but according to an 1880's trunk parts catalog I have and other old trunk catalogs the grooved slats were originally called "Beade...
  28. Hello, nice trunk and great that it has the tray and some of the fashion prints and trim left. My two cents worth...I agree, the latches are 1873 patent and the seashell metal is either zinc or zinc ...
  29. Drill, I think you're right on. Of all the wall trunk patents I've seen that one is the closest to this trunk. There were a about a dozen wall trunk patents from the 1890's to about 1905. I'm surpr...
  30. Bailey, I can help with a key but can't promote or sell on this site, so please contact me directly at Marvin@ThisOldTrunk.com and I can send you the information and picture. Thanks
  31. Very interesting trunk! Based on about 40 years of research on trunks I would say this is most likely an American made "sample trunk", which was a very strong, heavy duty trunk used by traveling sale...
  32. Hello, a very nice barrel top trunk. Great that it has the original tray and lid compartment since so many of those are missing. I've only had a few of the barrel tops with canvas covering in many...
  33. Hi Angela, Your trunk is a style made by many American trunk companies from the late 1890's to the early 1920's. I have old trunk catalogs from that time period that show similar trunks. It's canv...
  34. A very nice trunk, I agree probably from about 1885 to about 1900, even though a few were made into the 1910's. It does have the better than average cast hardware and the lock is great and a pretty r...
  35. Great theatrical trunk! I'm with you, I would have bought it too even if I had to kick something outside under a tarp! Probably used to haul equipment, costumes, stage gear, etc. around the country....
  36. Yes, a beautiful embossed metal trunk! And at a cheap price, yeah, can't beat that! I'll look to see if I have one of those clamps in my spare parts and let you know I do. It's a possibility that ...
  37. Thanks for the "loves" everyone!
  38. JSscott...you're much too modest, I know several of your hat trunks are just as nice or better! But it's great that they're all different and we get to see such variety in these old beautiful trunks....
  39. Thanks trunkman, yes, it's always interesting to see these different styles of locks. Appreciate your comments.
  40. Trunkman, a beautiful French trunk, very nice find! Glad you found it and can take the time to clean it up and preserve it. By the way, you probably know this is very similar to the size and shape o...
  41. Hi Tangoes, Nice little trunk. I've collected and researched trunks for about 45 years now (since my college days) and based on everything I've found in old trunk catalogs and other sources, this i...
  42. Wonderful collection and they look great together! Nice variety!
  43. Thanks FatBoy64!
  44. A really beautiful trunk, and yes I agree it's a high quality trunk too! LV gets too much credit in my opinion, and it's mostly because that company survived and then eventually became famous because...
  45. Drill, thanks for the links to the Stallman trunks. Yes, it's definitely more like the Stallman style than to most other bureau trunks I've seen. But there was no name on this little one, so not su...
  46. Thanks KathyKay and GateKeeper!
  47. Hello, you did get a great buy on this trunk. You picture is very small so it's hard to see much of the real details, but based on the lock and trunk style it was probably made from the 1880's to 18...
  48. MrLick, I collect trunks and related materials and I have one 1902 catalog from the Innovation Trunk company. Their address was 313 West 15th St. New York. They had a few patents on the design of th...
  49. Thanks to everyone who has stopped to look and for your "lovcs"!
  50. Scott, trunkman, greendog, and kyhome... thanks very much! I appreciate the comments. It's nice to be able to share pictures of unusual items on here. I've only seen two or three similar toy trunks...
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