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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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  1. You have a canvas covered square travel trunk, made in America. It is probably from the early 1900's. It is not a steamer trunk. A steamer trunk, also called Cabin trunks, were trunks that were no tal...
  2. The unique slat clamps on your trunk were patented on Dec. 18 1900 patent # 33,744, by MN Drucker of Drucker trunks. So, your trunk was made after that date. All of these I have seen were made by Druc...
  3. There was a hidden drawer under the center hat box. You can see the opening and what is left of a latch on the bottom. Too bad the drawer is gone.....
  4. Your trunk was made in America in the 1880's. It is a metal covered travel trunk with a round top. Most all makers made this style so there is now way to know who made it. Many makers exported their t...
  5. You have a Vulcanized Fiber covered sample trunk from the early 1900's. These durable trunks were used by traveling salesmen to showcase their wares, such as jewelry, cloth, buttons, carpet, household...
  6. The problem with the handles are there are only a few out there, and they are all the same size for the most part. However, trunk makers did not make just one size, there were numerous sizes. The slid...
  7. I guess your trunk could be called a child's trunk, but I have not seen that term used in the trunk catalogs. It is basically a small trunk. It is a metal covered trunk from around the 1880's. The loc...
  8. I would place your trunk in the early to mid 1870's. And yes, it is a trunk, not a chest (a chest is for the home, not travel) or box, or footlocker. It is a small trunk. I believe the hinges were le...
  9. Your trunk is basically original. The black and the canvas has been repainted. A little tip on identifying whether the black metal has been repainted is to look at the nails. Nails went on last, so t...
  10. The printing on your trunk used to read, "THE UPRIGHT PATENTED SEP. 18th 1866" I have photos of the same trunk that is owned by Marvin Miller at This Old Trunk. This trunk was patented by AV Rider, pa...
  11. Your trunk is a metal covered(also called tin covered, zinc covered, and fancy metal covered) barrel top trunk with slats running lengthwise. It is an American made trunk from around the late 1880's. ...
  12. Interesting trunk, very nice looking. I had questions about a piece once that had some Chinese writing in it. Take a photo with your phone of several different sections of the writing (close ups) The ...
  13. Hi. Your trunk looks like an early to mid 1880's metal covered American made, cross slat, travel trunk. First, not really rare. Eagle made millions of locks that went on millions of trunks for decades...
  14. Great trunk. Its a post 1873 , and probably before 1880, barrel stave top, with slats running lengthwise, American made travel trunk. Barrel stave top refers to the construction of the box top, not th...
  15. It's not Copper, you can confirm this with a magnet. The lithographs were installed at random, and there were probably hundreds of different ones produced. They did not apply ant significance to any p...
  16. Hello. Your trunk is not a Steamer trunk but is more accurately called a Dresser trunk of Bureau trunk (they were sold under both names). Any sturdy conventional, or Wardrobe trunk could, and was, sol...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. Maybe I missed it, but what is the serial number? Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  20. 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...
  21. 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 ...
  22. 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...
  23. My guess is it was for a musical instrument. NEXT! Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  24. 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...
  25. 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
  26. 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...
  27. Your trunk is probably from 1885 to 1895. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  28. "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...
  29. 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 ...
  30. 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...
  31. 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 ...
  32. 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...
  33. 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...
  34. 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...
  35. 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...
  36. 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...
  37. 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...
  38. 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
  39. 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 ...
  40. 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...
  41. 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...
  42. 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...
  43. 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...
  44. 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...
  45. 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...
  46. 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...
  47. 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...
  48. 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...
  49. 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...
  50. Call me to discuss a key. Jim 418-691-4264
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