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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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1887 Hillebrand Trunk Padlock - Furniturein Furniture
A Story About a Saratoga Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
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  1. 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 ...
  2. Thanks Scott. Correct it was a leather covered trunk. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  3. 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
  4. Thank you all it was fun to work on. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. Your welcome. Sounds like it could be an oil cloth covering. Look forward to seeing it. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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....
  16. 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
  17. 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...
  18. 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
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. Definitely a specialty trunk, maybe for a musical instrument. Probably from around 1920 or so. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  25. 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...
  26. 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....
  27. 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...
  28. I understand how Sisyphus felt.... Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  29. 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...
  30. here is the complete history of Excelsior Lock Co. Hope this helps. http://www.stamfordhistory.org/rg18.htm Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  31. 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
  32. Kathy, call anytime. I am also quite a night owl. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  33. Nice leather covered, barrel top cross slat trunk. I can narrow the date a little more from the latches. They were patented on March 22 1882, so your trunk is after that date. Jim hmsantiquetrunks....
  34. The trunk is a fiber covered travel trunk from the 1920's or later. Once again, a Steamer trunk or Cabin trunk was a trunk that is no taller than 14". The interior tray is what was called an automatic...
  35. Sorry, but that is the worst trunk story that just wont go away. Round or Barrel top (two different tops) trunks were made that way for styling and that's all. They did NOT get put on last, and prior ...
  36. Kathy, amazing trunk! Great find. If you call me I will explain in detail how to do what needs to be done to your trunk. I would type it, but way too much work. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com 408-691-4264
  37. That's a great shape on that one. I can help you fix that keyhole cover if you haven't done one before. Also it is not a Saratoga. This is a common mistake that has been perpetuated by certain individ...
  38. Drill, great trunk, and it's from one of my favorite manufacturers, Romadka Bros. Milwaukee, WI. FYI, the 1874 patent is for the stay hinges patented by Anthony Romadka Dec. 29 1874. A far as I know R...
  39. Drill. Please call anytime when you get a chance. I have some information for you. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com 408-691-4264
  40. All trunks are a wood box covered in either paper, canvas, leather, metal, fiber, hair, rawhide, alligator, etc.. you get it. The body of yours is covered with canvas (Duck cloth) and the edge binding...
  41. The name is Hutzler Jewelry Co. Hutzler was a large retail store that started out in 1858. The trunk is a sample trunk for the jeweler. The tray catch is is very interesting and I have seen it only a ...
  42. Hello. You have a canvas covered trunk from 1910 - 1920 or thereabouts. Nice condition, entry level trunk that could of been made by one of many trunk makers of the time. Tough to know without a maker...
  43. Hello. Your trunk is a crystallized metal covered, barrel top, cross slat trunk. The interior has a fall in top. The latches are from the July 9 1872 CA Taylor patent, but the trunk is much newer, clo...
  44. Well.., they could be Goldsmith, but what about the letter before the "G"? Looks like an "N" or "M". We may never know. While the latches were a CA Taylor patent, the term of a patent filed from 1861-...
  45. 99% chance that this chest is from India. They still make them, new and also made to look old. These are more of a dowry chest than traveling trunk. I would say yours is not a reproduction, but rather...
  46. Yes, great interior! Not only possible that your trunk came with that interior, but 100% certain. Prior to printers making lithographs just for trunks, many trunk makers used other, already printed ma...
  47. I just added some telescope trunk catalog ads at, http://hmsantiquetrunks.com/trunk-catalog-images.html Jim HMS Antique Trunks
  48. Hello. Your trunk appears to be an English travel trunk that is rawhide bound on Black oilcloth. Probably from 1910-1920, and is in great shape. Beautiful trunk. Please have a look at my just added t...
  49. Beautiful trunk. FYI, while many refer to these as Bevel top trunks (which is a correct description) trunk makers referred to them as Octagon trunks. I have one listed from the 1875 Wards catalog on m...
  50. What you have is called a Telescope case. These were inexpensive cases used for various items (anything you wished to put in them) and they came in various sizes and coverings. It is hard to see from ...
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