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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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Innovation Trunk Co. Canvas Covered Hat/Bonnet Trunk #2 - Furniturein Furniture
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  1. Not really sure what you are looking for? You have a trunk with a makers label on it telling you who made it, and where it was made. This is something we don't often find on our trunks. I also confirm...
  2. I would say no on the patent leather. Based on the age ( I would say around 1910-1930) it is painted canvas, or fiber. I would also guess that it is a field desk trunk. I have not seen this exact setu...
  3. Maybe I missed it, but what is the serial number? Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  4. I don't know if Lane keeps records, but something that "new" I should be able to find information on. I know what you mean about the weather, it is 57 degrees here! :) Sorry, in California that's col...
  5. Sorry, patents don't lie and they are not that confusing. Your first patent is a "Moth protecting and destroying device" and is from 1923. As you can see by the numbers they get larger and larger. By ...
  6. That is a very nice looking chest. It is however, not from 1916. The most recent patent, 1999960, is from 1932, so your chest was made after that date. Also the style is clearly 1930's deco. I believ...
  7. My guess is it was for a musical instrument. NEXT! Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  8. I am fairly certain your trunk was made in Germany, around the early 1900's. You can see if there are any markings on the lock to confirm. I believe the writing on the trunk you mention are the baggag...
  9. No, many (make that most) trunk makers made the same styles, and without a makers label there is no way to know who made it. Yours does not have a label. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  10. Your trunk is an American made, barrel stave top, metal covered travel trunk with a cross slat design. Barrel stave refers to the construction of the top, not the direction of the slats on the top. If...
  11. Your trunk is probably from 1885 to 1895. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  12. "The intimacy and stories you create whilst alone, stripping and sanding. Devoting your most careful attention to tiny details that no one else will see,. . . ." "The transformations we can create wh...
  13. Your welcome. All cast iron trunk trim came either japanned, (black) or tinned. Tinned was more expensive, so it was generally on more expensive trunks. Tinning was still relatively cheap, and looked ...
  14. I believe it to be from the late 1870's to mid 1880's, and here is why. Those latches were patented by CA Taylor in 1878, patent #203,860. This was a two piece part that was riveted together holding t...
  15. I don't understand why everyone who has any sort of box that they cant identify somehow connects it with Wells Fargo. Your box, which was probably made sometime after 1920, would hold jewelry, or nic ...
  16. Hello. Your trunk was made by Romadka Bros. Trunk & Bag Co. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The closest one I can find in my catalog is called the "X Ladies". Same interior & exterior except for minor changes t...
  17. Megan, your chances of finding much more than just an address are slim. Sometimes you get lucky and find an obituary or many times you can do a search for the history of the town they did business in...
  18. Good guess Trunkman, it is. Your trunk was made by Romadka Bros. Trunk & Bag Co, Milwaukee, WI. Anyone who knows me, knows that this is one of my favorite manufactures. Your trunk was probably made ar...
  19. Hi. You have a metal covered, American made travel trunk. The alligator embossed metal was a popular design from the 1880's til the early 1900's. Before your trunk metal corroded, it was most likely a...
  20. Your trunk was patented on May 13 1884, and it says that on the top clamp. The patent # is 298453 and was patented by John B. Duguid of Toledo, Ohio. I believe it is safe to assume the Duguid Bros. t...
  21. W.E.R. are the initials of the owner, and most likely the person who originally purchased it. The trunk looks to be covered in fiber (not leather) and is most likely from around 1920 or so. Jim hmsa...
  22. Nice original trunk. The latches were patented by H Vogler on June 26 1877, patent number 192355, and were used for quite a while after that date. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  23. Hello. The shape of your trunk is whatever you want to call it. Trunk makers would not normally described that shape. they would have said something like "Leather covered square, (or flat) trunk with ...
  24. Hello. Your trunk was most commonly sold as an "Octagon" trunk. I would place it in the late 1880's to early 1890's. Those 1872 patent CA Taylor latches were used for a very long time. I believe if y...
  25. Thank you Kyratango. I have seen these bottles for these sets, and while your answer makers perfect sense, my bottle is only 3/4" inside diameter. I could not fit a toothbrush in it. What else could i...
  26. Your trunk, or suitcase, was probably made around 1910 to 1920, and it is American made. It has leather bound edges and leather reinforced corners. The "alligator" is either embossed leather or emboss...
  27. Your trunk is an American made travel trunk. This shape is most often referred to as a Jenny Lind. You can read about it here, http://www.hmsantiquetrunks.com/how-the-jenny-lind-trunk-got-its-name.ht...
  28. Your trunk is a leather covered, cross slat (the slats on top go from front to back) travel trunk from the late 1890's. It has a nice, complete interior with, fall in tray, jewelry box, covered hat-bo...
  29. I have done extensive research on the naming of the Jenny Lind trunk, and you can read it here, http://www.hmsantiquetrunks.com/how-the-jenny-lind-trunk-got-its-name.html I have documented proof thes...
  30. Nice trunk, probably closer to the late 1890's. Myself and Marvin Miller at This Old Trunk have been trying for years to figure out what the "S" means. We do agree that it does not signify any trunk m...
  31. LexaKay. The pictures are chromolithographs, which means color print. These prints were put in most all trunks as decoration by the trunk makers. These were randomly chosen and the subject matter of e...
  32. Hello. Your trunk is a composition (paper) covered trunk. The covering is meant to resemble embossed leather. These paper covered trunks were the least expensive. From your other pictures I see that y...
  33. Your trunk is most likely English, German, or French. Any writing on the lock might help. (whatever language it is, so is your trunk) I would say your trunk is most likely from the early to mod 1900's...
  34. Call me to discuss a key. Jim 418-691-4264
  35. Without a makers label or tag (which yours does not have) it is next to impossible to know who made this trunk. I can tell you that your trunk was sold as a "Fancy crystal metal covered trunk" or many...
  36. Nice Zinc covered trunk. Probably pure Zinc (you can check with a magnet) I would put it closer to the mid 1870's, but a picture of the inside (if there is anything left inside) would also help. While...
  37. Your trunk was most likely made in England, but not in America. probably from around 1890 or so. The "brass"n is probably brass plated, and you can quickly check any suspected brass with a magnet. Ni...
  38. Your welcome. Many if not most of the trunk makers did not put makers labels in their trunks. This was probably due to that fact that many of them sold wholesale to dept. stores, wholesalers, luggage ...
  39. Your trunk is a Toy Trunk made for children. Yours is probably from the early 1900's. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  40. Hello. Your trunk hardware, and most likely your trunk, were made by Carpeles, Heiser & Co. The patent for the hinge stays is #180129 filed July 25 1876. The corner latches are another story. I have s...
  41. Yeah, I was pretty shocked how well it has survived. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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...
  45. I will post information for you on the next post. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  46. 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...
  47. 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
  48. 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...
  49. 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...
  50. 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...
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