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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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Antique Perfume Bottle?  - Bottlesin Bottles
Wrought Iron 1950's Lamp   - Lampsin Lamps
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Carpeles, Heiser Trunk Co. Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Bureau trunk explained - Furniturein Furniture
Alligator Covered Portfolio Trunk #3 - Furniturein Furniture
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Late 1880's Carpet Covered Trunk Excellent Condition - Furniturein Furniture
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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. Call me to discuss a key. Jim 418-691-4264
  11. Without a makers label or tag (which yours does not have) it is next to impossible to know who made this trunk. I can tell you that your trunk was sold as a "Fancy crystal metal covered trunk" or many...
  12. Nice Zinc covered trunk. Probably pure Zinc (you can check with a magnet) I would put it closer to the mid 1870's, but a picture of the inside (if there is anything left inside) would also help. While...
  13. Your trunk was most likely made in England, but not in America. probably from around 1890 or so. The "brass"n is probably brass plated, and you can quickly check any suspected brass with a magnet. Ni...
  14. Your welcome. Many if not most of the trunk makers did not put makers labels in their trunks. This was probably due to that fact that many of them sold wholesale to dept. stores, wholesalers, luggage ...
  15. Your trunk is a Toy Trunk made for children. Yours is probably from the early 1900's. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  16. Hello. Your trunk hardware, and most likely your trunk, were made by Carpeles, Heiser & Co. The patent for the hinge stays is #180129 filed July 25 1876. The corner latches are another story. I have s...
  17. Yeah, I was pretty shocked how well it has survived. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  18. Wow, this is trippy...I just found this on eBay.. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Large-Antique-1900s-Hornback-Crocodile-Alligator-Leather-Suitcase-Trunk-VTG-/111577951928?pt=Luggage&hash=item19fa906eb8
  19. Yes, that is an alligator covered trunk, I have one just like it only there is no damage. However, they are toy trunks that measure 18' long. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  20. I have not seen one in person. However, there is one on the cover of a 1906 Montgomery Wards trunk catalog I have. Interestingly though there is no alligator trunk listed in the catalog. Jim hmsant...
  21. I will post information for you on the next post. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  22. Great trunk! I really like the metal work around the lock. A word (or several, you know me!) about "brides trunks" A bride or brides trunk is only a name many people use to describe a trunk that the...
  23. Looks like it was a canvas or paper covered American travel trunk from 1910 to 1920. No makers label, so it could have been made by one of a hundred different manufacturers. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  24. FatBoy64, the inside is lined with fabric. I use a heavy upholstery fabric, as this is more forgiving. I also use a white Elmer's glue to attach it. If you put the glue in a Tupperware container, the...
  25. Drill, I don't know why they attached the pieces of sheet iron on all four sides. On the ends it makes some since as these are the locations for the cleat clamps. However the front and back make no se...
  26. Go here and type in T & B Hat (or anything else you are looking for) https://books.google.com/books?id=vZtAAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA291&dq=luggage+%26+leather&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PzqjVKbPJ5HfoATlxYKoAw&ved=0CDgQ6AEwA...
  27. It is the same carpet that one would walk on during that time period. It is also the same carpet used on carpet bags. I believe the carpet was refereed to as hook & loop. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  28. Thank you very much. I actually found the trunk on Craigslist about 2000 miles from my home. Shipping is quite expensive so I would look close to home if possible. Jim Hmsantiquetrunks.com
  29. Thank you all. Unfortunately, no makers label. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  30. jscott0363, Nice trunks. Your "child's trunks" are in fact full size trunks. I am guessing they are between 26" and 30" long? Trunks from this time period 1860's to 1870's still made these smaller sta...
  31. Thank you, but I would of rather worked on yours. Mine was in about the same shape, but the previous owner covered the entire trunk in decoupage! Never again! It was a nightmare..... If you decide to...
  32. blunderbuss2, if you would like an explanation of the jenny Lind name, please vist my site at, http://www.hmsantiquetrunks.com/how-the-jenny-lind-trunk-got-its-name.html Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  33. Hey! That looks like the twin brother of the one I posted, post # 27. Great trunk! Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  34. Wow, wonderful original condition trunk! Very nice. common misconception about the hardware though. Trunk parts makers like JH Sessions and others offered many different types of hardware that trunk m...
  35. Hello. Your trunk was made by Romadka Brothers Trunk & Bag Co. out of Milwaukee WI. They had very unique hardware and they are one of the few makers who had hardware and patents that they only used o...
  36. 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 ...
  37. Thanks Scott. Correct it was a leather covered trunk. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  38. 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
  39. Thank you all it was fun to work on. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  40. 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...
  41. 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...
  42. 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...
  43. 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...
  44. 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...
  45. 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...
  46. Your welcome. Sounds like it could be an oil cloth covering. Look forward to seeing it. Jim hmsantiquetrunks.com
  47. 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...
  48. 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...
  49. 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...
  50. 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....
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