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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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  1. You have an American made travel trunk from around 1910. It has a canvas covering, and Vulcanized fiber edging and center bands. (I know it looks like leather, but it is not) The initials are most lik...
  2. Not a plain Jane at all, very nice trunk. However, my personal opinion is to lose the Gold paint. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  3. O, I get it. You want us to go to the link that shows how someone ruined some nice trunks, right?
  4. Your point is what?
  5. Thank you everyone. Jim
  6. Photos of the ends, bottom, and complete interior may help tell us if this was an American trunk, or from another country. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  7. It says, Eagle Lock Terryville Conn., which is the maker of the lock, not the trunk. Your trunk is an American made travel trunk from around the 1880's-1890's. It was covered with leather, canvas, or ...
  8. Now THAT is how you restore a Louis Vuitton trunk! Take notice all of you who have "restored" one of these, this is how it is done! Fantastic!! I told Ben throughout this restoration that this level o...
  9. Now THAT is how you restore a Louis Vuitton trunk! Take notice all of you who have "restored" one of these, this is how it is done! Fantastic!! I told Ben throughout this restoration that this level o...
  10. Great Romadka! with all the trimmings. Metal covered trunks pose the most problems. If you are making one for yourself, you can paint it pink with green polka dots. However, if you plan to sell it an...
  11. The trunk was made by Martin Maier, as per the patent Maier hinges and the patent Maier slat clamp on the end, center, bottom. That hardware was patented in 1884. MM Secor, nor any other maker forged ...
  12. Very nice Jenny Lind. Great label! Nice brass lock. Did you have the buttons off? Are they lead filled? This could help date the trunk. The lead filled ones were only used prior to around 1860. I don'...
  13. I wonder why all of the recent posts have the photos sideways, or upside down? Is this due to the posters or is this a C.W. issue?
  14. BB are the initials of the owner. Charles Sturm, the mathematician, was not the owner as he was dead when this trunk was made. This French trunk was made in the early 1900's. The Charles Strum on the...
  15. Thank you everyone, it was a fun trunk to build.
  16. Thank you Racer. I actually purchased the canvas at a local fabrics store about 2 years ago. One yard was all they had, and said they would not be getting anymore. Probably a Chinese knock off, but i...
  17. Greendog, if you want to reproduce the original interior email me a photo of the interior (or post one) I may be able to help (jimcardoza@pacbell.net). I have several Romadkas with original interior, ...
  18. Very nice trunk. Your trunk does have latches, they are on the front corners. It looks like the left one may still be intact. These were Romadka's 1877 patent latches. The problem with them was a bad ...
  19. Follow up. Generally speaking, and I am no expert, when I see a trunk with rounded, and curved slats, I think German or Great Britain. French trunks usually had narrow flat slats, and, well we all kn...
  20. Very nice piece! I have not seen one like that. I believe your trunk is German. The latches say "gesetzilbeschuizt", which is german for "Protected by law" (our version of patent) I have yet to find G...
  21. Greendog, a major reason this site exists is to provide information. The half a dozen or so that post on this forum are only a fraction of those that view it for information. Google "Antique trunks" a...
  22. American made, fancy metal (at least that's how most trunk catalogs referred to them) covered, cross slat (slats on top running from front to back) travel trunk. Made sometime in the 1890's. Most like...
  23. I believe that is an English made, Camphor wood chest (not a traveling trunk). I would guess the mid 1800's as approximate age. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  24. Very nice job on the (Pepto) paint removal, It is not something I would of attempted. As far as the lock goes, it was imported from Great Britain. During the time that trunk was manufactured (around t...
  25. The trunk is covered with tooled, patent leather. The bumps are, I believe, a result of the breakdown of the chemicals used in the process. Most all patent leather trunks I have seen deteriorate in th...
  26. I am stumped on the "coins" My guess is that it was something the owner, or baggage dept. put there.
  27. Geendog, be patient, it takes time. I will explain. When a trunk is referred to as a barrel top, or barrel stave top, it is in reference to the construction of the top. The barrel shape is produced by...
  28. Greendog, please don't hate me. It is not a barrel top trunk. A barrel top trunk has a higher center like a barrel on end. It's just a travel trunk. Check the metal with a magnet to see if it sticks a...
  29. Your trunk is most likely a Packing trunk or "Packer". These trunks were used in the same way we would use a box to pack things in when moving. You could use them for traveling but they were very ligh...
  30. I understand, and thank you. I may come across as being picky about what some may consider minor issues, but many people come to this site (who are not regulars) and are looking for information. So m...
  31. While the term dome top, or round top are useful in a description, the term used by trunk makers was barrel stave or barrel top trunk. It is 100% American made late 1890's-early 1900's, and is indeed ...
  32. Nice trunk. Your trunk is most likely a drum trunk for a traveling orchestra. I have photos of these with the drum inside. What does the inside look like? That familiar trim, that we see most often on...
  33. Follow up: Understand that in the 1800's (and even into the 1900's) inventors were patenting anything, and everything, they could (the patent laws were much more lax) and many, if not most, never pro...
  34. Very nice trunk. The wood slat trunk was patented by Jonathan Eaton on Jan 7 1868, and that is what you have. He also patented a revised trunk that had paper covering that looked like slats as he beli...
  35. The (cracked) covering is not wood, but rather it is Vulcanized fiber. It is quite durable, and you can try cleaning it with a mild detergent. Generally, this style of lock required a key to lock/unlo...
  36. Your trunk is called a Dresser Trunk (Made in America). Many different manufactures made these. The corners should have a patent date on them of April 5th 1898, so your trunk is no older than that to ...
  37. Hard to know why those were put there, but I don't believe it came that way. Clearly someone has done things to the chest. The nails between the dovetails were added by someone to tighten it up, the s...
  38. Your trunk was made after 1880. The 1872 patent latches were used for 20 years after that date. It is a metal covered, barrel top trunk with a cross slat design. (slats on top running front to back) m...
  39. Photos of the inside would help. Start another post with interior photos. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  40. Your trunk was made in the late 1890's to early 1900's. If you like the way it looks, then just give it a good cleaning and enjoy. There are many things you can do to "spruce it up", and if you give m...
  41. I would put this in the class of chests, not a travel trunk. This was for the home. A trunk like this would never stand up to the rigors of traveling. (or the baggage smashers) Also, a travel trunk wo...
  42. GREAT PHOTO! I can say with 100% certainty that this trunk was made in America, and that person next to it (by the look on his face) had a part in its manufacture. High end, hand embossed leather (do...
  43. Hello. Your trunk is an early 1900's (probably around 1910 or so) American made travel trunk. The corners are bound with Vulcanized fiber (which looks like leather) and yes, the hardware was brass pl...
  44. Your trunk is a metal covered (also called "fancy metal") barrel top trunk. It is from 1878 to the early 1880's. The only leather on it are the handles. The trunk is tin and iron. The Gold was a Gold ...
  45. Your trunk is an early 1900's fiber bound, canvas covered, American made travel trunk. There were thousands and thousands of these made, and unless yours was in perfect, original condition I say do w...
  46. Metal covered Steamer or Cabin trunk. Brass plated steel hardware on a pine box. Most likely made in the early 1900's and as you said no labels or tags, so no way to know who made it. Hope this helps,...
  47. Nice trunk. I do not see any sort of makers label or tag, so you can't find out who made it. I can tell you it is not American, and most likely was made in Great Britain or possibly Canada. Most likel...
  48. I believe my post was quite clear as I was referring to the patented articles, not the trunk itself being patented. "Items" that were patented, such as locks, latches etc. were required to be marked (...
  49. By law all items had to have a patent date on them. This is the simple explanation, but it will do for now. Because of this you will find many different dates on a trunk. The Mar 16 patent is 1880 and...
  50. You have a metal covered, barrel top trunk. (camel back is a nickname) The trunk has the cross slat design (slats on top go front to back). While the exterior has been refinished, the interior appears...
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