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.... (Read more)


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  1. I really like the idea eye -- can keep the originals and yet utilize the fantastic artwork from them...
  2. Oh that's GENIUS...
  3. Or perhaps buy a new trunk????? -- give it 100 years and make someone else happy....??
  4. Thanks Rick55 -- they are in amazing shape!
  5. When I was a teenager we picked up a can of these at an army surplus store and cracked it open -- tasted like a cracker dipped in kerosene... :) or :(
  6. Très belle kyratango....
  7. ps. I would not clear coat it -- mine seems to have weathered fine once shinned up!
  8. JS -- there is NO WAY I would have passed this one up either -- its stunning!
  9. Hi KathyKay -- the lemon was only somewhat effective in cleaning but that combined with fine steel wool -- got a really nice sheen out of mine. Super nice small zinc trunk you found... and yes there i...
  10. Would never have guessed there were so many patents for these types of trunks out there!
  11. Oh my... these are Uber cool.... what a FABULOUS display...!!!
  12. js... check this out... look familiar? I so rarely see these come up...
  13. Never even noticed and I have a BA in English Lit... awesome piece of family history and printing history... an amazing heirloom... and its okay to be redundant and say the same thing twice now and ag...
  14. Gee -- thanks for looking into it Drill -- this one was so unusual -- can't say I have come across one with a similar design... its a bit odd with those four locks on the front.(And impractical with t...
  15. Thanks js and Gatekeeper... Trey I think they may be from the 50's or 60's and most likely there own reproductions of old designs....
  16. Hey BB2 -- thanks individually for the comment -- LMAO -- !!!! (well I suppose comments are a different breed -- I must confess I do do it individually for loves at times... but this way is more time ...
  17. Thanks Rick55, TheGateKeeper, Trey, walksoftly, Drill, Manikin, bjb5859, FatBoy64, JonB, KathyKay, blunderbuss2, fortapache, mikelv85, StillLearning, officialfuel, jscott0363 and ifeelpretty01for the ...
  18. Most likely the patent date for the lock specifically which would be different than the corner hinge. You could easily look up the patent date of the lock and see who made it...
  19. Great boat -- immediately reminded me of the Rob White novel "Torpedo Run" that featured a PT boat similar to this...
  20. Thanks KathyKay -- the reason why I asked is that there are not a lot of known makers of these oak slat trunks so if not Excelsior I would be curious to know who else was out there at the time making ...
  21. Very lovely example and just great that the leather has been so well maintained -- these often get stained over the years but this one is pristine for its age.
  22. Fab trunk kathykay -- unusual combination of hardware trim on it. I suppose it is not and excelsior or is it? Great addition to your collection...
  23. A clean cloth with some soapy water will help. I use Howard feed and wax wood polish orange oil on my canvas trunk -- a little tip from a fellow trunker on this site -- and it helps restore the luster...
  24. JonB -- that's what I would have said if someone else had posted this... :)
  25. Appreciate the comment Rick... it hits all the collector's criterias...
  26. Thanks so much Rick55 -- my guess is the 1880's or thereabouts...
  27. Thanks Mani and Caperkid for the awesome comments...
  28. BB2 -- I saddle soap the leather and cleaned it and mink oiled it prior but it all does little to make it supple when it is so brittle. I mink oil it again after I re-glue it after the water/oil treat...
  29. Mani -- thanks so much!!!
  30. Hey BB2 -- well since the leather is brittle and "shot" anyway my goal is to be able to get it flat and flexible enough to re-glue to the body of the the trunk, so I soak it in luke warm water with so...
  31. Thanks mikelv85, StillLearning, officialfuel, jscott0363 and ifeelpretty01 for the love....
  32. This is a beautiful trunk! I have one similar in design, size and sloping front - but it would be the "b" version of this "A" trunk. I do not see alot of brass banding outside of the Jenny Lind style...
  33. Thanks jscott... appreciate the comment. It is such a bonus to get an intact interior and original key!!
  34. Amazing subject matter...
  35. The back hinge may tell us if it is a Maier trunk... there are also indications that it could be a Romadka Brothers trunk as I have similar slat clamps on one of mine. Unique trunk for sure and high q...
  36. Drill -- fascinating -- I often wondered how they were able to steam these in a mold... certainly a press like this one would greatly enhance and speed up the process... and the bigger manufacturers m...
  37. Fabulous find -- missed this somehow... a very well made piece indeed...
  38. That's quite a project you are taking on -- make sure to post the "after" and good luck!!
  39. I am with jscott on this -- and would say high probability of vulcanized fiber -- given the style and era of manufacture. Easy enough to mistake them for leather as I often see them mislabeled for sal...
  40. What a beautifully crafted piece this is -- reminiscent of features found on Louis Vuitton... and just as well made. The dark leather combined with the brass is stellar -- oh la la...
  41. Awesome -- very nice find. The first trunk I ever had, as mentioned, was this maker -- so this has a nice familiar feel to it for me. Montrealer's must not have been into hats at the turn of the centu...
  42. There are still pockets of antiquing that are inexpensive and you can find great stuff -- trunks certainly would be one example. You can find great craftsmanship at very low cost and easy enough to ad...
  43. Its amazing how resilient these are -- particularly this 1880's - 90's trunks -- they always come back to life -- thanks eye...
  44. Thanks for the love eye...
  45. Thanks Rick55 for the great comment.
  46. Thanks so much Rick55 -- trunks always come out great with a little work so the rewards are always there at the end.
  47. When it is painted this bad it takes about an hour a side. I have it down pretty well now so it seems to go fast enough. Thanks for the great comments..
  48. Thanks Rick55 -- I had a lot of fun doing it..
  49. Awesome piece Alan -- another great find...
  50. Thanks Nicefice for the love....
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