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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! (Read more)

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Remington Portable Typewriter - Officein Office
Hand Crafted Sailboat 1930's - Toysin Toys
Navigational Tool? - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Chromonika 111 Hohner Harmonica - Musical Instrumentsin Musical Instruments
1930's Doctor's Bag - Bagsin Bags
1930's handmade Sailboat 
Martin Maier trunk 1880's - Furniturein Furniture
Yashica 8 E Reflex Zoom 8 Camera - Camerasin Cameras
Watch Embedded in Concrete -- Time Capsule? - Wristwatchesin Wristwatches
1960's - 70's box of 45's - Recordsin Records

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  1. Manual zoom -- thanks eye...
  2. 1880's barrel top leather covered saratoga type trunk. A really great find and it looks like it is in great condition. Without a label it will be hard to know who made it. Congrats on the find and wel...
  3. Thanks for the post -- however your pictures are too small for us to zoom in to get a sense of your piece. If you could download a larger formatted picture it would be helpful. Looks interesting... ...
  4. Ohhh you have the "Trunkbug" -- I always notice the trunks in movies now! Your trunk is in fairly original state -- the interior tray is missing which would have had a rounded interior that was custo...
  5. A whole new meaning to the word "rustic". This trunk, as you know, is in pretty poor shape. Whatever you do you could not possibly devalue it. The good thing about that is you can do anything you wan...
  6. Lovely old trunk. Probably milk paint was used in the interior. The date on the latch was the patent date for the design of the latch, so the trunk most likely was made several years following, perhap...
  7. Thank you Elisabethan, Trey and petey for the love...
  8. Thank you tom61375, Elisabethan and petey for the love....
  9. Thank you icollectglass and tom61375 for the love...
  10. T-h-a-n-k you Aimathena for the lovely comment....
  11. Lovely "Bentwood" trunk a the English like to call them. Probably from around the 1930's or so. I tend to doubt that those are brass fittings but rather steel colored but hard to know for sure from a ...
  12. My guess is that it is not a louis vuitton hat box -- there were a few fine makers of trunks in France in this time period. I believe he started to monogram his hardware very early on. Still a beauti...
  13. "And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares... and their ammo boxes into very nice decorative shelves for their homes... " I may have misquoted a bit there, memory fades on and off. Very nice ...
  14. Thanks you raketaman, tom61375, mikelv85, beyemvey, miKKoChristmas11. epson233, kerry10456, petey, bobogal, Manikin for the love....
  15. Think of apple computer -- when the lid is open it spells M N -- another guess would be if there is another language like German (?) where the N is written that way. Or you are looking at an original ...
  16. Thanks antiquerose for the love....
  17. Thanks for the lovely comment Luca_db...
  18. Totally new latch to me -- looks like it reads oct. 12 80 (1880). Great tin covering on it. Nice find!!
  19. Thanks Drill for your further info on this trunk. The cabin steamer of course makes perfect sense in size and type -- also that handle bothered me when I first saw it, No practical value too have an o...
  20. Thank you moototwo56 for the love...
  21. Bit of an odd trunk -- looks like it may be European made -- cross between a trunk and a suitcase. Probably made in the 1920's or so. I cannot tell if the body is made out of metal or vulcanized fiber...
  22. Dude -- did you miss the 70's....?? A bong (also water pipe, billy, bing, or moof) is a filtration device/apparatus generally used for smoking cannabis, tobacco, or other herbal substances.
  23. Lovely little dome top trunk. No you did not over-pay for it -- good value. It is from the late 1800's to early 1900's. Dogwood floral design on the slat clamps. Someone has most likely painted the t...
  24. This looks like a bong eye -- should be interesting...
  25. I feel some casseroles coming up....
  26. Clever -- better get to it as I am now saving your pics Mr. Smar Ty Pants.
  27. I Dare you to use each of your posted items at least once for their original intended purposes within a year! HA!
  28. Dare to dare eh? Right now it is on display in our family room on a low trunk so the cat can type out her memoirs uninterrupted -- (poor kitty -- we haven't told her about computers yet.) I have a ha...
  29. Looks to be an early 1930's wardrobe trunk. Good to have the label so you know who made it and where the company was. It is a nice trunk but unfortunately i have found that they are not overly desirab...
  30. That is a very nice original lithograph. Really neat to see them intact. Thanks for the pics...
  31. Great old "beater trunk" with lots of character. It is not uncommon to see this type of trunk with an x pattern on the front. What is really neat are the two guides on the front beside the lock -- goo...
  32. You have a lovely "Barrel Top" trunk made in the late 1880's to early 1890's. As you surmised, the patent dates on the hardware do not specify the exact year the trunk was made but rather the date the...
  33. PS. I was in a butterfly mode today -- was listening to Elton John's "butterflies are free to fly" song and then noticed on CW your unique selections today. Valentines theme fits into it all so now my...
  34. Gee -- that really cleaned up nicely... great looking trunk and a nice size and shape too.... another gold star for you!!!!! Did you coat the canvas with something?
  35. Wonderful trunk -- that latch piece is spectacular -- I have never seen one like it! Great job on the refinish!
  36. Thanks Elizabethan for the love... very Shakesperean of you...
  37. Thanks sarahoff for the love....
  38. Thanks Trunker for the love....
  39. Thanks Vanessa T for the love...
  40. tiff888 you have a nice old trunk circa 1910-30's covered in vulcanized fiber. A tough utilitarian storage trunk with some nice hardware on it. Many of this type were manufactured at the time without ...
  41. Nice design to this old trunk -- not leather but two colours of vulcanized fiber made to resemble leather but much more durable. Probably dates to around 1910-20's or so. Nice extra guides on the fro...
  42. Thank you so much Aimathena for noticing all the background stuff -- kinda get used to it after a while... such a nice comment I really appreciate it!
  43. Thanks petey, geo26e, pops52, walksoftly, vetraio50, mikelv85, PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, blunderbuss2, Manikin, SEAN68, kerry10456, aghcollect, DrFluffy for the love.
  44. Thanks petey, SEAN68, mikelv85 and geo26e for the love
  45. Thanks SEAN68, kerry10456, petey and icollectglass for the love.
  46. The edges are definitely vulcanized fiber but the body may well be plastic on top of plywood. It cleaned up nicely. If it is plastic it would shine with Armour All -- and those latches need a stiff ru...
  47. You have actually named this correctly -- a steamer trunk, small size trunk that could fit in the cabin of a ship, some say under the bunk, but there is a debate about that. Yours looks to be about 19...
  48. Well that's a first -- thanks drum -- you got da beat... why more people do not like this on this site is a complete mystery to me-- maybe post it with a cat? No that's reddit... my bad.
  49. You are welcome -- looks like a traveling sticker -- possibly saying something to the effect of which compartment the trunk should be stored while on a ship.
  50. Your lovely wardrobe trunk looks to be from about 1910-20's era. It is covered with a material known as vulcanized fiber. If there are no maker's mark on it then it will be difficult to know which com...
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