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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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1887 JH Farel Patent Trunk - Furniturein Furniture

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  1. 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...
  2. Drill. Please call anytime when you get a chance. I have some information for you. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com 408-691-4264
  3. 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...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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-...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. I just added some telescope trunk catalog ads at, http://hmsantiquetrunks.com/trunk-catalog-images.html Jim HMS Antique Trunks
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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 ...
  14. Hello. Your trunk appears to be from the late 1890's, to early 1900's. Go to this link (http://www.usgennet.org/usa/in/county/grant/Biographies/wigger_kenton_ruley.htm) for a great article on Wigger...
  15. Your trunk is a metal covered cross slat trunk. It was made around 1910 to 1920. Pretty hard to tell who made it or where, but not Eagle. Eagle only made the locks. Fairly common trunk, so I would do ...
  16. Hello. The clamp on your trunk is from a March 16 1880 patent by CA Taylor. There is no name for these, so I am not sure where you get dogwood (Trunkman). In the trunk parts catalogs these were simply...
  17. Trunkman. Your trunk was patented in Mar 01 1887 by JH Farel. I have only seen one and I just bought it last week (it has not yet arrived at my house) Mine is very much like yours except it is complet...
  18. Nice chromalithograph (color lithograph). These can help date trunks as they did change from the 1860.s (where many of them were pages taken from French fashion catalogs) to the turn of the century. I...
  19. While C&F made specialty trunks, I believe Taylor was more well known for musical instrument trunks. I believe that this was a sample trunk, and have seen several of these with similar dimensions used...
  20. Hello. Your trunk was made in Europe, probably Great Britain, or Germany. I would say late 1890's to early 1900's. Please see my newly added trunk info, and advertisements at http://www.hmsantiquetrun...
  21. Fortapache, I am not sure what you mean about the middle latch missing. The lock is complete and original to the trunk. There are two nail holes above the lock where the lid lifter was attached. I als...
  22. Thank you Trunkman, I appreciate the complement. Thank you, thank you, thank you for trying to stop that horrendous story about barrel top trunks being put on last. By far one of the worst stories eve...
  23. The wood is Basswood. What "oil" did you use? About the only thing I would use (and the most effective) is Mink oil. Jim
  24. It a Drucker.
  25. Hello Richardhurworth. Very nice trunk, but here are a few clarifications. Your trunk was not made in America, it was probably made in England, and possibly Canada. There is NO SUCH THING as a Camelba...
  26. Hello, nice job on your trunk. A word about trunk names. I know this may be nit picking, but if we as trunk lovers dont carry on the future is bleak for trunks. "Low Profile" is not an actual trunk te...
  27. Very nice trunk Josephaugust! I have to disagree a little with Trunkman, as this is not a standard model. This "model" has 4 heavy strap hinges (less expensive trunks would have 3, even on this size t...
  28. Leave it alone! Its a beautiful trunk in great condition. Trunks are like cars, they were a utilitarian item. People did not buy them and put them in a corner like a bookcase. They were used, and like...
  29. The top of the trunk is made with layered wood (plywood). As this was patented in 1882, your trunk is later than that. The over look, and the hardware put this one in the late 1890s to early 1900s. G...
  30. Its hard to tell from your pictures, but I am pretty sure your trunk is European. English or German I believe. Look at the locks for any printing as to which country. This is classic Euro construction...
  31. Many of the Excelsior Oak Slat trunks (which yours most definitely is) I have seen, and own, have nails that go between the slats below them. I would assume this was to lessen the chance of splitting,...
  32. I agree, the trunk has not been "restored". However, it had a covering at one time (looks like it was leather), and someone finished the wood underneath. All the slat clamps (steel and cast iron) stil...
  33. Another reproduction from India of a Chinese design, sorry. These "antiques" are flooding the market. Do a search of antique locks on ebay and you will see a dozen different animals, and insects with ...
  34. Looks like an average 1890s - 1900s lever padlock. I believe the maker is Wilcox & Co.
  35. This is a Chinese lock. It could be an antique, but it is hard to tell as the market is being flooded with fakes. You would insert the key in one end, and the other end comes out with the bar. Look on...
  36. Just did a quick search on ebay of antique locks (try it, and look at all of the junk that passes as antiques. Does ebay do anything? No, they just want money) and found 5 exactly like it on the first...
  37. Sorry, its not old, it is new. The market is being flooded with these from mainly India. Made to look old, and have everything from Wells Fargo to The Lost city of Atlantis printed on them. Look on eb...
  38. Your trunk is probably from around 1910 to 1920. Not sure who made it as there is no label. Yale & Towne is the lock maker, not the trunk maker. Jim Hmsantiquetrunks.com
  39. 100 % American trunk, probably from the mid 1880s. While Taylor's hardware had a basket weave pattern on the hardware, it has nothing to do with Taylor. My Sessions trunk hardware catalog has many pag...
  40. Oh, also, a cross slat trunk is one where the slats go from front to back. This design was patented by CA Taylor in 1880.
  41. Sorry all, not a civil war era trunk. This is a common mistake for this style of trunk. This trunk is a paper covered packing trunk, also called packers. It could have been made anytime from 1880 to a...
  42. Hello. A little info. Those latches were patented by J Arnold in 1873, and I would place that trunk near that date (after). All the Gold on that trunk is paint on cast iron, except the lock, which was...
  43. Epson223, sorry buy you are incorrect on a few things. First. The US patent act was established in 1836, and by that time over 10,000 patents were filed. I have hundreds of trunk patents prior to the ...
  44. Your trunk is most definitely European, most likely the UK. I believe the latches were added as they attached with screws. Those are the type of latches you would use on a gate. Jim HMSantiquetrunks...
  45. Try Michael at Island Trunks for the key you need. Jim HMSantiquetrunks.com
  46. Hello. I am not sure which trunk parts you are referring to. Straps, are the two (or sometimes one) 1" to 1 1/4" straps that go over the trunk through a buckle in front to keep the lid secure. These w...
  47. I am not sure I can post a photo in the comments, so email me, and I will send it to you. jimcardoza@pacbell.net
  48. Yes, it means your trunk is Zinc covered. These trunks can have a fantastic appearance. The Zinc turns a beautiful Grey color over time. However, sometimes dirt, and other contaminants will hide the p...
  49. Ogdensburgh is in New York. They dropped the h in the end sometime after 1865. HMSAntiquetrunks.com
  50. Hello. Your trunk is not a Toy Trunk (Doll Trunk) It is just a smaller size travel trunk. It could be a Zinc covered trunk, and many were done without any embossing. The way to tell is to put a magnet...
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