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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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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
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

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  1. Thanks Fatboy64 and gthandymanco!
  2. Thanks Ben, very kind of you. It is fun finding something unique like this. I love your trunk too!
  3. Thanks for the loves Sherwood Trunks and VanessaT. This is still one of my favorites and I'm glad I kept it.
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Thanks for the loves people! I appreciate it and hope you don't mind me not listing everyone here, but thanks!
  7. Ben, I've been searching my patent files and studying your trunk. I do have some patent information to send you and I also believe there is a very strong possibility that your trunk was made by the ...
  8. Hi Ben, beautiful trunk! I really love these more unusual trunks and those tack designs. The trunk is early 1870's because the cast metal slat clamps are an 1871 patent and the latches are early 1...
  9. Hi Tashame3, You have a "cross slat" round or barrel top trunk with embossed metal covering. This is a style made by many American trunk makers starting in the mid 1880's and until the 1910's and e...
  10. Drill, very nice trunk and great that it has the super lock and lid compartment. I would say around 1875 is right especially since it has the leather tie down straps rather than metal latches. Those...
  11. Thanks for the loves everyone!
  12. You have a lot of beautiful glassware and pottery, etc, but I particularly love this one! Beautiful!
  13. Thanks Sean68, always appreciated!
  14. Thanks for the kind comments, passion4trunks. Sorry this is so late. I didn't get around to checking comments on some of these for a long time!
  15. Hi scotto and trunkman... did you see this original condition hat trunk? I know you like the hat trunks too! Thanks
  16. Thanks Trunkman and Drill! These are fairly large style brass buttons. I've seen some larger but not too often. I've seen several styles including a couple of the very early solid cast brass types ...
  17. You're welcome bjb.... I do wonder if we will ever see any with the rose or acorn style, could be they never made them.
  18. Thanks for the loves folks!
  19. Hi Christi49, You've had some good luck finding this trunk that was left behind. It was a high quality, fairly expensive trunk when it was made. This style with the narrow wood slat covering was ...
  20. Thanks Trunker! I do love the look of the green crystallized metal.
  21. Thanks for the loves racer4four, fatboy64, Elisabethan, walksoftly, and others!!
  22. Thanks Elisabethan, I'm pretty certain the trunk is American made and possibly in Vermont. It came from an old home in Vermont and based on research I've done, there were several trunk makers in Ver...
  23. I appreciate the "loves" everyone!
  24. Thanks jscotto! I like the unusual and unique trunks also, especially when they're small. You've got quite a few great ones too.
  25. Great little trunk and I love the look of the leather trim and handle! Many very nice trunks were made besides those LV trunks that are over rated in my opinion.
  26. Hi IClubEm, An interesting trunk because of the front slat design. I've collected and restored trunks for 40 years and I've only seen two others with that pattern, so pretty rare. The trunk itself i...
  27. Hi Ben, as I've told you before on this trunk, you did a fantastic job. I don't know how you could part with it. As you know it's hard to date these trunks very precisely but the patent dates help s...
  28. A great little embossed metal toy trunk! I try to stick to original colors when possible and I'm sure you can find some colors close to these, don't have to be a perfect match. The embossed metal ca...
  29. Hi bjb, actually there were three different designs patented: the grapes, an acorn and leaf, and a rose and leaf. They were actually patented in 1884. I have only seen the grape pattern so far. If ...
  30. Yes, another little gem! Very nice work, it looks great. The embossed metal on most of these was tin and a few earlier ones had zinc but that's usually pretty easy to spot from the color of it.
  31. Super little trunks! I love the little ones too and collect them as you do. Always fun to find different styles. Thanks!
  32. A beauty, Scott. I love the nice original trunks like this. Great find!
  33. Thanks t-man! I'm gradually working on this one, I don't get as much done in the winter. It's coming along very nicely!
  34. Drill, very interesting and beautiful work. You may know this, but the G & S is Goldsmith & Son or Newark, NJ. I have one of their catalogs from 1900 that shows this type trunk. It's great when a ...
  35. Thanks jscott, kyhome, and trunkman! I appreciate the comments. I think it was probably an early experiment or prototype for the "Jenny Lind" style trunks. I've kept this one because it is differen...
  36. Drill, you are absolutely right... when you spot something different like this at a sale or flea market it really gets the heart pumping and you immediately wonder if you are going to be able to buy i...
  37. Thanks CindB and others for the loves! Thanks folks for the comments, yes the striped fabric on American trunks is very hard to find. Marvin
  38. Thanks Drill and bjb5859! Say bjb do either of your grape hardware trunks have the name Drucker on them anywhere, label, etc. ? I did find a copy of the original patent design with the grapes and ...
  39. Thanks CindB and SherwoodTrunks. It is definitely a keeper for me. Plus the flat top makes it very useful! Marvin
  40. Thanks myoldkyhome! When I do see the embossed metal doll trunks they are usually in very worn condition with very little original finish. I was amazed how nice this one was, it must have been stor...
  41. You're welcome.. I think I forgot to mention that the fancy paper trim and lithographs are usually so thin that they will tear apart if you try to remove them, so I rarely remove one and then replace...
  42. Thanks for the loves everyone. KathyKay, over the last few years I've added more doll trunks as I run out of room, or I have to trade out a large trunk for another one I decide to keep. The hunt ...
  43. Thanks for the loves..officialfuel, CindB, aghcollect, and JonB!
  44. trunkman... my educated guess is that a lightweight trunk of this style was a large hat trunk. Hope it works out well for you!
  45. Hi T-man, very nice and interesting trunk! I don't check this site every day as some seem to, so I'm a little late I guess... Anyway, let's all keep in mind that there were many trunk makers in Eu...
  46. Thanks Drill, I appreciate the comment! I'm very glad that some of the research and restoration information I've provided has been helpful to others and I started years ago trying to find the true hi...
  47. Drill, it's a possibility that the trunk is a William Bell as the owner had gotten it in the Boston area many years ago. But the interior had been cleaned out and then relined with fabric, so I'll n...
  48. Drill..... by George, I think you're right! I think all of that symbolism is included and hadn't thought of all that. Thanks for the loves and comments Drill, Trunkman, Fatboy64, CindB, KathyKay, ...
  49. Hi cscrabeck, I love your trunk, great find! These were usually called bureau (or sometimes dresser) trunks in Europe and the U.S. I also believe it is French and I know that several of the makers...
  50. Hi, I would like to add just a bit to what Drill has provided for you. Some trunk makers did call these "Monitor top" trunks, and others just listed them as cross slat trunks with rounded corners (f...
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