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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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Unusual Narrow canvas covered trunk..a mystery.. Display trunk? - Furniturein Furniture
Embossed Metal Trunks - Furniturein Furniture
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

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  1. Hi, I've studied trunks and trunk hardware for many years and wanted to let you know that the two latches on the front are a style and design that was used from about 1898 to 1920. Some of the hardwa...
  2. Hello, your trunk is a style that was made by many American trunk companies and usually called a cross slatted barrel top or round top trunk when they were new. I have a few old trunk maker catalogs...
  3. Thanks Sean68! Happy New Year everyone!
  4. Thanks Lisa, fleafinder, trunkingforfun, bjb5859, kyratango, and TheGateKeeper!
  5. Drill, yes, the labels are great especially when they list so many types of trunks they made. It's interesting that this London trunk maker's store has baby carriages on top and not a trunk, but some...
  6. Thanks myoldkyhome! That's what I was thinking too! Thanks also to all others for you "love"! Drill... another great example of the stores selling interesting old trunks! Thanks
  7. Drill, wow, you come up with the best old photos and pictures! Wouldn't you love to go through that Penman trunk warehouse! I'll bet we would find more things we've never seen. That is fantastic wi...
  8. These are quite unusual and hard to find, and I was about to give you the patent information of John Duguid of Toledo, OH, but I see Drill beat me to it. Wow, you have to be quick on here! HAHA Su...
  9. Thanks also to courtenayantiques, officialfuel, and vetraio50!
  10. Thanks antiquerose, Scott, trunkman, and Manikin! Greendog, yeah, the condition was pretty much the same when I got it, I just cleaned it and did put just a coat of clear shellac to help protect ...
  11. Thanks greendog! I also thought it might be for artwork or pictures, but wondered why they wouldn't have put handles on it, maybe on the top, because it's very hard to carry this way being so long.
  12. Thanks Bobby725!
  13. Thank you all for your "love" and for looking! I appreciate it!
  14. Scott, Beautiful leather trunk, and I love the designs with the tacks and brass trim! I agree it's most likely not American made but could be Spanish, or even Middle Eastern, but I don't really kno...
  15. Wow, Drill I love that Winship building front with the trunk!! That ranks right up there with the Haskell and Taylor stores in Chicago. I've seen a couple of the pictures of the Morrison, Beehive ...
  16. I love it Jim! The leather looks great and finding the smaller size trunks like this is hard. Great find!
  17. Hey Drill, you always come up with some great old pictures. I love seeing some of the old factories where these trunks were made and the early stores! I have a couple Clinton Wall trunks so that pic...
  18. Thanks AnnaB, fortapache, and filmnet for visiting!
  19. Greendog, that's good. Seeing several metal covered trunks recently encouraged me to finish up my "article" and get it posted. I've been saving pictures of different designs of the metal for years ...
  20. Yeah, a collage may be good sometimes, but it can make it harder to see the nice details.... can give it a try!
  21. Thank you Drill, very appreciated! And I agree it's great we can have this forum for discussion of questions, ideas, and information as well as a place to share our collections and interests with ot...
  22. Hi trunkman, thanks very much!, you're too kind! Like you I love seeing the different forms and designs of trunks, even when they just mixed things up a little with the hardware and slat arrangements...
  23. Thanks JScott, appreciate the comments very much. I only hope to help others learn more about antique trunks and their history. Don't intend to upset anyone or act like I'm the only one who knows a...
  24. Greendog, wow, not at all what I intended and it didn't bother me at all that you said your trunk had "buttons and bows" metal, which by the way I didn't even see until after I posted this or had writ...
  25. Nice trunk! There is a patent date on the lock around the keyhole (not usually called a latch). But greendog is correct, it helps narrow it down but most of the hardware was used for many years afte...
  26. Great trunk, I love those tall round top trunks, very impressive! Super that it has all the interior too.
  27. Thanks very much FatBoy64! I appreciate that and the positive feedback on the article.
  28. I'll put the history information link here too which may be easier to use. http://www.thisoldtrunk.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=663
  29. 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...
  30. 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 ...
  31. Thanks for your visit and feedback Greendog and SpiritBear!
  32. Thanks Kerry10456!
  33. 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. ...
  34. 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!
  35. 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...
  36. Beautiful job Scott!
  37. Thank you Kerry. I'll be posting a few more of them in the weeks to come.
  38. 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.
  39. 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
  40. 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 ...
  41. 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...
  42. 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...
  43. Celiene, thanks for the suggestion. I've posted a second set of pictures including the label.
  44. 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...
  45. 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...
  46. 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.
  47. Thanks trunkman! I'm very happy that this one is going to a Taylor family member!
  48. 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.
  49. 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...
  50. 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...
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