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San Jose, Ca. 408-691-4264

I own the website HMSAntiquetrunks.com. I sell restored/refinished antique trunks. However, my passion lies in the actual work I do on the trunks. I sell them becausI own the website HMSAntiquetrunks.com. I sell restored/refinished antique trunks. However, my passion lies in the actual work I do on the trunks. I sell them because I want them to be enjoyed and because my place is too small to keep them all! Dead even with working on the trunks is researching the history of trunks. Thank you. (Read more)

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Bureau trunk explained - Furniturein Furniture
Alligator Covered Portfolio Trunk #3 - Furniturein Furniture
Alligator Covered Portfolio Trunk #2 - Furniturein Furniture
Alligator Covered Portfolio Trunk #1 - Furniturein Furniture
Late 1880's Carpet Covered Trunk Excellent Condition - Furniturein Furniture
T & B Hat Carrier Advertisement  - Advertisingin Advertising
Additional Trunk hardware from the 1915 JH Sessions Catalog - Furniturein Furniture
Trunk hardware from the 1915 JH Sessions Catalog  - Furniturein Furniture
Slatted Brass Band Jenny Lind Just Finished - Furniturein Furniture
1887 Hillebrand Trunk Padlock - Furniturein Furniture

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  1. Yeah, I was pretty shocked how well it has survived. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  2. Wow, this is trippy...I just found this on eBay.. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Large-Antique-1900s-Hornback-Crocodile-Alligator-Leather-Suitcase-Trunk-VTG-/111577951928?pt=Luggage&hash=item19fa906eb8
  3. Yes, that is an alligator covered trunk, I have one just like it only there is no damage. However, they are toy trunks that measure 18' long. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  4. I have not seen one in person. However, there is one on the cover of a 1906 Montgomery Wards trunk catalog I have. Interestingly though there is no alligator trunk listed in the catalog. Jim hmsant...
  5. I will post information for you on the next post. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  6. Great trunk! I really like the metal work around the lock. A word (or several, you know me!) about "brides trunks" A bride or brides trunk is only a name many people use to describe a trunk that the...
  7. Looks like it was a canvas or paper covered American travel trunk from 1910 to 1920. No makers label, so it could have been made by one of a hundred different manufacturers. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  8. FatBoy64, the inside is lined with fabric. I use a heavy upholstery fabric, as this is more forgiving. I also use a white Elmer's glue to attach it. If you put the glue in a Tupperware container, the...
  9. Drill, I don't know why they attached the pieces of sheet iron on all four sides. On the ends it makes some since as these are the locations for the cleat clamps. However the front and back make no se...
  10. Go here and type in T & B Hat (or anything else you are looking for) https://books.google.com/books?id=vZtAAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA291&dq=luggage+%26+leather&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PzqjVKbPJ5HfoATlxYKoAw&ved=0CDgQ6AEwA...
  11. It is the same carpet that one would walk on during that time period. It is also the same carpet used on carpet bags. I believe the carpet was refereed to as hook & loop. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  12. Thank you very much. I actually found the trunk on Craigslist about 2000 miles from my home. Shipping is quite expensive so I would look close to home if possible. Jim Hmsantiquetrunks.com
  13. Thank you all. Unfortunately, no makers label. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  14. jscott0363, Nice trunks. Your "child's trunks" are in fact full size trunks. I am guessing they are between 26" and 30" long? Trunks from this time period 1860's to 1870's still made these smaller sta...
  15. Thank you, but I would of rather worked on yours. Mine was in about the same shape, but the previous owner covered the entire trunk in decoupage! Never again! It was a nightmare..... If you decide to...
  16. blunderbuss2, if you would like an explanation of the jenny Lind name, please vist my site at, http://www.hmsantiquetrunks.com/how-the-jenny-lind-trunk-got-its-name.html Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  17. Hey! That looks like the twin brother of the one I posted, post # 27. Great trunk! Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  18. Wow, wonderful original condition trunk! Very nice. common misconception about the hardware though. Trunk parts makers like JH Sessions and others offered many different types of hardware that trunk m...
  19. Hello. Your trunk was made by Romadka Brothers Trunk & Bag Co. out of Milwaukee WI. They had very unique hardware and they are one of the few makers who had hardware and patents that they only used o...
  20. I had a hunch it would of had a double lock on it. I believe I know who the maker was. In Nov 9 1875 AV Romadka (Romadka Trunks) was granted a patent (#8784) for the pattern of embossed metal on your ...
  21. Thanks Scott. Correct it was a leather covered trunk. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  22. Very nice. Any chance I can see the inside? Also a picture of the front would be great too. It looks like someone replaced the lock and latch as as that is not a trunk key. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  23. Thank you all it was fun to work on. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  24. You can get a key through Michael at Island Trunk Shop (http://www.islandtrunkshop.com/. You will need to know the type of lock, Corbin, Eagle, Yale & Towne etc. and the key code. The key code is stam...
  25. Very nice, and different looking JL. I like it. I have a question. This is just my personal preference, but why don't you dye your leather straps or handles? I noticed this on you Pink Steamer trunk a...
  26. Kydur, your trunk was sold as a Hat Trunk. Probably early 1900's. While many people use the name Steamer Trunk to describe all traveling trunks, a Steamer or Cabin trunk, were trunks that were no tall...
  27. Sorry, no numbers on the key. You just have to find one that has enough throw to fit the lock the file where needed. I coat the key with a black marker, then turn it till it stops (do this several tim...
  28. If you take this lock apart there is one major thing to remember. When you put it back together, do not over-tighten the rivets or else the mechanism will not move. Do them a little at a time to the p...
  29. Beautiful wood grain on the front of that trunk. These trunks are often misdated because of the large head brass nails. Her are some clues. Your trunk corners are at the time, what was called double I...
  30. Your welcome. Sounds like it could be an oil cloth covering. Look forward to seeing it. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  31. I too believe the S stands for JH Sessions Trunk hardware Manufacturers, but I yet to find any proof. The lock was patented by Hillebrand on Sept. 27 1887 # 370622. I have made keys for these, but ha...
  32. I am 99% sure that the trunk is covered with patent leather. The trunk is a high quality trunk with brass bands, and brass lock. Why would you emboss the leather only to cover it with tar? I have wha...
  33. JonB. Thanks for the complement, I hope it doesn't take you 137 years, but sometimes it sure does feel like it. Your trunk was sold as a very inexpensive trunk, which is why it does not have slat clam...
  34. Jon. Like others have said, you have a wall trunk. It is most likely from after 1890. What make you believe Deguid made it? Does it have a label? I found 2 likely contenders for patents on your trunk....
  35. PS. Another thing that makes this tough is that the shape of the trunk is more early/mid 1800's American/European than Oriental. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  36. It appears to me that the newspaper inside is original to he trunk (as far as I can tell from the photos) By American standards the ability to do this type of printing (photos) would have been around...
  37. In my opinion it is small travel trunk, not for child but could have been used as one. I would place it sometime in the 1860's. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  38. Nice trunk Scott. Many people make mistakes about trunk age because of the style of the lock. This style of lock was used into the 1900's on the less expensive Packing Trunks. The latches on your trun...
  39. I have found that most of the smell resides in the paper. The only way to get rid of the smell is to remove the paper. If you really want to keep the paper, you can coat it with a Tung oil like finish...
  40. jscotto363, I can probably tel you about your trunk as I am the one who sold it to you. In researching the trunk I found that the label on that trunk, Winship & Co. is unique to around 1861. During th...
  41. Hi Alicia! Your trunk is European, probably from France, Germany or England. I would look closely at the locks for any writing to determine location of manufacture. The thing I have found about Euro t...
  42. Quite a rare trunk you have there, a carpet covered trunk. You dont see these very often, and they almost always look to be in the same condition as yours. Yours was made after 1882 but probably befor...
  43. Definitely a specialty trunk, maybe for a musical instrument. Probably from around 1920 or so. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  44. Your trunk is a metal covered (probably had a crystallized finish) barrel top, cross slat trunk. It could very well have been sold as a Saratoga trunk, but that term was pretty loosely used by the 18...
  45. Your welcome all, and thanks for the kind words. I was going through my catalogs and found more (almost identical) packing trunks in a 1909 catalog. djreynolds, I did not receive anything from you....
  46. Hello. Your trunk is a packing trunk, not a travel trunk. I can email you photos from trunk catalogs if you wish. (BOY it would be nice if CW would let us add pictures!!) I would put this trunk around...
  47. I understand how Sisyphus felt.... Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  48. Drill. You could not be more wrong with most of your assumptions. I don't mean to sound rude, but we're all big boys and girls here, and this isn't Opra. 1. The 1864 patent you are referring to is...
  49. here is the complete history of Excelsior Lock Co. Hope this helps. http://www.stamfordhistory.org/rg18.htm Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  50. Alicia, great trunk. If you give me a call I will be happy to talk with you about what you would like to do and explain in detail how to do it. Jim HMSantiquetrunks.com 408-691-4264
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