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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WW2 30 Cal M1 Re-purposed Ammunition box - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Grouping of Hotel Stickers - Advertisingin Advertising
Dome Top Alligator Tin Antique Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Painted antique trunk - Furniturein Furniture
1880's refinished cross-slat antique trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Antique Document Box 1810-1830's - Furniturein Furniture
Excelsior Oak Slat Trunk Painted - Furniturein Furniture
Clinton Wall Trunk (small) - Furniturein Furniture
Antique Dresser trunk Kuntzendorf details - Furniturein Furniture
Antique Dresser Theatrical Trunk Kuntzendorf 1901 - Furniturein Furniture

Comments

  1. Glad to see someone is brave enough to tackle these behemoths.. with excellent results!
  2. A lovely trunk from around early 1900's. It is easy enough to take off the canvas and the paint from the wood slats -- would make it look really great and worth the effort. This style and type of trun...
  3. Really beautiful refinish. I would categorize this as a document box. Just lovely...
  4. Oh my... how BEAUTIFUL... fabulous restoration! Stunning trunk -- going to try to get some of that leather treatment. This trunk to me represents the pinnacle of trunk craftsmanship -- superior.
  5. Great find! It is a thrill to restore these treasurers... and you do a fantastic job of it!
  6. Try researching Scandinavian or Norwegian (and of course Finnish) dowry chests to find similar examples. These are usually referred to as chests, blanket chest or boxes -- wedding chests as well. Cert...
  7. What a great story to this!!! LOVE IT!
  8. I'm sure there's a story or two behind this one... thanks so much Gatekeeper for the kind words...
  9. Does the covering feel thin like canvas or thicker in texture like carpet? Either way this is a rare type of covering for a trunk. I would think it is carpet covered --
  10. Beautiful picture -- great piece!!!
  11. Thanks jscott, BB2, and Chrisnp for the comments....
  12. ps. The "I am magnet" typo is pretty funny... good old spell check!
  13. Lovely Dome top trunk -- and the label is fantastic, and looks to be about as old as the trunk itself so I would surmise that the name would be of the original owner. There were many lithographs made ...
  14. You are welcome! I would love to see what the top looks like (four pics per item never enough!) -- and the lithograph is fabulous on this one...
  15. There must have been soooo many of these kicking around after the war -- what else could you use them for? Might have been some company out there picked up a cargo load of them and painted them out......
  16. Great work on the restore -- so nice to see them brought back to life!!
  17. You have a lovely flat-top trunk from the 1880's. The number four on the latches refer to the size of the latch itself... I think they go up to six. All of the cast iron fingering and end slat clamps ...
  18. NevadaBlades thanks so much for the nice comment -- whether small or large scale the refinishing skill is the same :) -- just happy to be able to play with these. Every once in a while I have to "thin...
  19. You are very welcome! Not to disappoint -- however all of the hardware on this trunk strongly suggests that it is a North American made trunk. This has standard issue parts that many trunks here have ...
  20. Thanks Nicefice for the lovely comment...
  21. This is a European made trunk -- likely England or perhaps Germany made around 1910. In England they are referred to as "Bentwood" trunks. Not a high value on these unfortunately... although this site...
  22. Great example of civil war era paper covered trunk. Normally most of the paper on these old beauties are long gone so wonderful that most of yours is intact. The 1864 date would fit in with the period...
  23. This lovely trunk was made around the mid to late 1890's. Without a maker's label its hard to know where it originated... just so much makers making these at the time throughout the country. I will sa...
  24. Nice family heirloom -- probably made around 1890 or so. The word Amour may have come from another piece of wood crate that was re-purposed for the trunk -- is the pice of wood with the word on it att...
  25. Its amazing how the zinc can be brought back to such a nice luster -- great work KathyKay -- amazing piece!
  26. Lovely Louis V. -- I have one that was in similar shape and I restored it to a more presentable state. (see on my page) The canvas can be gently cleaned -- slats lightly sanded, rivets polished with f...
  27. Kinda cool... love the military stuff...
  28. The perfect material for the lining scott -- overall great look to the trunk -- did you spray glue it in? In all my trunk work I have yet to do an interior -- well I did one rather poorly -- wallpaper...
  29. Celiene -- thanks for the awesome comment.... :)
  30. You have in your possession a dome top trunk from the early 1900's maybe late 1890's. Triple bonus points for the interior tray to still be with it -- many are long lost. Also kudos to you for seeing ...
  31. Thanks Nicefice for the love...
  32. Thanks for the New Year wishes vetraio50, BB2 and Scott -- right back at ya!
  33. Nicefice -- thanks so much for the good wishes and lovely comments.... all the best to you and yours this season!!!
  34. Hi eye -- better to be a funny guy than a fungi... just sayin'.. although both kinda grow on you... All the best for the holidays my partner in jest...
  35. Thanks so much Mani for the good wishes... all my best to you and yours :)
  36. WOW-- Drill what an awesome find!!! Spectacular trunk -- and you will have it looking even more stunning... Only a 5hr. round trip you say?? -- you would have gone a lot further would be my guess...
  37. Nice project trunk -- it is amazing how these can bounce back into something quite lovely with a little tlc. I cut away tin from my old trunks with a circular drill bit as pictured here: http://www.a...
  38. Hey BB2 -- A great warm Christmas to you!!!
  39. If you cleaned this there would be nothing left to fire... LOL....
  40. Great work on the restore -- worth all of that scrubbing.... (but not too hard, as I learned the hard way!!)
  41. Jscott-- you missed one!!!!
  42. Quite stunning... such fabulous condition...
  43. Awesome!
  44. Fabulous trunk Marvin! The carpet on this is in extremely good shape. Super find!
  45. Very nice trunk indeed... lovely condition!
  46. Did you try opening it upside down -- sideways etc... something inside must have shifted... try to give it a good shake as well...
  47. Rare to see the canvas as pristine as this one -- fabulous!!!
  48. I really like the idea eye -- can keep the originals and yet utilize the fantastic artwork from them...
  49. Oh that's GENIUS...
  50. Or perhaps buy a new trunk????? -- give it 100 years and make someone else happy....??
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