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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. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Photos of the inside would help. Start another post with interior photos. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. Hello. Your trunk is made to carry "Society" items, as in secret societies. Although they were not all that secret, they were referred to as such. These were the Masons, Knights Templar, Knights of Co...
  13. 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 ...
  14. 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...
  15. 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,...
  16. 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...
  17. 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 (...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. I have an early 1900's 1/2 pint I would like to ask you about. Please email me. Thank you, Jim jimcardoza@pacbell.net
  21. Your case is made of fiber, or vulcanized fiber. If yo do a search on that you will find quite a bit of information. Jim Hmsantiquetrunks.com
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. 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...
  28. 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...
  29. 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...
  30. 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...
  31. 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. ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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...
  34. 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...
  35. 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...
  36. 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...
  37. 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...
  38. 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...
  39. Maybe I missed it, but what is the serial number? Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  40. 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...
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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...
  43. My guess is it was for a musical instrument. NEXT! Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  44. 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...
  45. 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
  46. 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...
  47. Your trunk is probably from 1885 to 1895. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  48. "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...
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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...
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