trunkman

Montreal Canada

I have enjoyed collecting various items over the years. Most of the things i have aquired have come by chance, as picks or as gifts or finds. Little by little they gI have enjoyed collecting various items over the years. Most of the things i have aquired have come by chance, as picks or as gifts or finds. Little by little they get added to and begin to form a grouping. As you may have noticed, one of my main interests is trunks. Trunk collecting began 25 years ago when I noticed an old trunk teetering on the top of a big item garbage truck. I followed the truck for six blocks until I could finally get alongside of it and flag it down. I asked if I could have the trunk and he said for the price of a cup of coffee it was mine, so I gave him a dollar and gleefully came home and cleaned it up. I have rescued over 15 trunks since then and have recently started to augment my collection through specific purchases, trying to get one of each type that I like. I will post them from time to time. What a great forum this is! Happy to talk trunks and cabbages and kings.... basic23skidoo@hotmail.com (Read more)

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Clinton Wall Trunk (small) - Furniturein Furniture
Antique Dresser trunk Kuntzendorf details - Furniturein Furniture
Antique Dresser Theatrical Trunk Kuntzendorf 1901 - Furniturein Furniture
1875 Antique Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Jenny Lind Refinished - Furniturein Furniture
Excelsior Trunk Lock - Furniturein Furniture
Restored 1880's Trunk Leather Covered Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
My Next Project -- Bride's Trunk? - Furniturein Furniture
Garbage Collection Living Room - Furniturein Furniture
Fuller  Colorado Flat Top - Furniturein Furniture

Comments

  1. Post a pic and then we can comment.... (digital pic place on desktop -- click on "post an item" and follow steps...)
  2. A stunningly beautiful Jenny -- nice work on the re-finish! Thanks for the post and welcome to Collector's weekly!
  3. A very nice higher quality "Waterfall" or "Monitor" style trunk from the late 1880's to 90's. The parts look North American -- and the truth of the matter is is that there were as many imported trunks...
  4. I am bowled over by it.... nice piece there eye...
  5. In regards to the tin shifting... not many options -- other than taking the tin off altogether. My philosophy in working with trunks is to accept their age and imperfections and enjoy them as they are...
  6. Thanks ozmarty, Sunnybrook, Drill, bjb5859 and fbninc for the love.
  7. Your trunk looks to be about the 1890's era. The crystalized finish and the cast iron hardware places it around that time. Unfortunately that original finish is hard to duplicate -- the art of that is...
  8. ps. This is most probably North American made as the interior is typical of the time with colorful lithographs and designs. There were so many companies making trunks at the time that without a label ...
  9. Thanks ozmarty -- she is a beaut!
  10. I have a similar one and I have seen many of this type -- probably form 1910 to 1930 -- a bit of a range but they did make this style for many years. Not many people know them as "Bentwood" trunks unl...
  11. Thanks Drill -- and welcome back! Yes the bottom pulls out like a full sized drawer --
  12. You have a lovely standard flat-top trunk from the early 1900's. This style of trunk is very practical and lends itself well to refinishing. Finding a key to any trunk is a rare event so congrats on t...
  13. You have a "waterfall" or "monitor" style of trunk. It was painted with a chemical treatment called "crystallization" which is very hard to duplicate. Your trunk is around the time of 1890's or so. Ho...
  14. Someone took this wonderful leather covered trunk and spray painted it with that silver paint -- ouch! Good news -- I had the same problem and I was able to remove the paint off the of the leather wi...
  15. Looks like a European trunk -- big rivets on the slats and metal handles. I have seen slightly similar ones that were made in England. Most likely early 1900's. The latches look to be a standard Nort...
  16. now we are on track.... wish I had more time.... but for now.... her granddaughter danced for a famous dance company in New York... (your grandmother) ---
  17. That's right... blank slate -- I think I shall start with Widow Dunsbury who had a fabulous imagination... and a granddaughter ballerina... who one day....
  18. Meh -- just like looking at the trunk -- research is not my bag really -- and I doubt one would find sales records...
  19. Well -- one would hope... someone who travelled alot and had cash -- so there is an "odds on" probability...
  20. Not many of these were made -- too expensive -- and this model and maker -- haven't seen another. Theatrical trunks are out there but it took me four years of waiting for one to come up -- unless you ...
  21. So 1901 really hits you eh?.... thought it would :)
  22. To me it looks like the property of some russian Czar or perhaps some famed theatrical persona... or maybe just widow Dunsbury who lived on Old Orchard ave. What do you think eye when you see it...
  23. I have refinished a lot of trunks and I must say I ammost pleased with this result -- probably in part because of how bad the veneer looked all rumpled and lifted off -- and the black stain on top and...
  24. Thanks Trey -- they really came out nice....
  25. Thanks for the comment -- and the eye candy -- and it was pure eye candy I must say...
  26. Now that's a beautiful trunk! Nice work on the restoration... Did you come across it with the trays?
  27. Okay bjb5859 -- I know you have wayyyy more trunks to feature -- start taking pics -- I want to see your Martin Maier Trunks and that fabulous oak slat on your profile.....
  28. Thanks Radegunder, rocker-sd, bjb5859, TheGateKeeper and Trey for the love.
  29. Pretty much looks like a hat trunk -- others more versed in this area should confirm. Innovation made good quality trunks -- I think they are a French company. To have all the inserts in tact like thi...
  30. I'll take the shop.....LOL
  31. Thanks Manikin... it would hold a lot of dolls... :)
  32. These are just great KathyKay -- I have been offline for awhile and they slipped by me -- truly lovely pieces...
  33. It's a great sign and you have a great collection!!!
  34. Okay I have to say it -- on the second pic it looks like you shirt is licking your sign...
  35. Thanks walksoftly, blunderbuss2, Alan2310, myoldkyhome, jscott0363, mikelv85 JonB, and eye4beauty for the loves...
  36. Thanks eye, jscott, JonB and myoldkyhome for the lovely comments...
  37. Thanks so much jscott -- getting close to having a full collection -- that is -- the ones on my wish list. Just picked up a Clinton Wall trunk -- first one I have seen listed for sale in Canada... (I ...
  38. Oh its not a big thing... many people do... this is a nice lure and unusual so keep it up and see if anyone knows anything about it...
  39. I love your sign... makes me want to go find the soda counter and have one of their fabulous shakes.... the ones they whipped up in those metal cups and poured into the glass ones.... ahhhh.... hope y...
  40. A really cool piece but we do not do evaluations "per se" here on this site. There must be some lure sites out there that could help.... thanks for the post and welcome to CW!
  41. Your collection is quite impressive... I think I should like to drive up to your garage someday and get the complete "nostalgia hit" .... thanks for letting us see your passion...
  42. Thanks racer4four, vetraio50, toolate2, aghcollect, and SEAN68 for the love...
  43. Thanks racer4four, Roycroftbooksfromme1, vetraio50, toolate2, aghcollect, Manikin, kyratango, Devilchild and SEAN68 for the loves...
  44. Thanks Sean and toolate2 for the fun comments!!
  45. HOLY COW -- THANKS SEAN!!!!!!!!
  46. I love these zinc trunks.... I used fine steel wool to clean mine up... I also used a lemon on it with the steel wool and it really cleaned it up... the blue hue to the zinc looks fabulous... we actua...
  47. Looks like an 1880's-90's barrel-top trunk. The latches seem unusual to me -- is there an insignia of an eagle on them? Curious... This trunk to me looks drab... so I would tend to do some restoratio...
  48. Looks like a "Morris" style rocking chair from the early 1900's. Many of this style and type where made by various makers.... most not labeled.
  49. A very nice find -- I would say 1870's to early '80's. The lock is totally awesome. Also the handle caps on the sides are really nice cast iron -- all marks of a quality trunk in its time. Welcome t...
  50. Thanks rdhoush for the step by step.. the result is really stunning and I find that the fully tin covered trunks a bit un-redeemable in my books... except for this kind of treatment... the look is so ...
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