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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Romadka Brothers Leather Trunk rare front clasp - Furniturein Furniture
Taylor Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
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

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  1. A lovely 1890's barrel top trunk. Very nice hardware on it -- cast iron. Without a makers label hard to know who made it -- many makers at the time making this style and the hardware was usually bough...
  2. North American made standard style and type of trunk made around 1890's. The lock patent number reads July 9th 1872 -- but these locks were around for awhile with this patent date on them so the trunk...
  3. The contrasting colours on this is beautiful. Such a joy to find one (and for me to see one) in pristine shape!
  4. and to top that off -- every once in a while I come across someone unusual too...
  5. Thanks myoldkyhome, Caperkid, jscott0363, fortapache, blunderbuss2, NevadaBlades, mikelv85, Nicefice, brunswick for the love...
  6. Thanks myoldkyhome jscott0363, fortapache, blunderbuss2, NevadaBlades, mikelv85, Nicefice l for the love...
  7. Well don't be too envious js... this hobby is getting wayyyyy out of hand... :)
  8. High quality French made wardrobe trunk. Beautiful interior and exterior == great find!
  9. Definitely a zinc lined chest. The label inside tells of what its purpose may have been -- zinc does not rust so a chest for laundry use would make some sense. Sometimes zinc lined chests were used on...
  10. Your trunk was made in the early 1900's -- we know this by the metal used as slat clamps. Prior to the 1900's the clamps were made primarily of cast iron -- after the introduction of pressed tin clamp...
  11. I didn't realize cigarettes came that big -- must be an island thing...
  12. Your trunk is from around early 1900's. The wood strapping is most likely hickory or poplar -- maybe birch. (been out of the loop for awhile so I kinda forget which of the three) Great that you have a...
  13. Thanks buckethead for the love....
  14. Yes it is similar to the one I have posted -- makers bought their hardware from outsourced companies and many trunks had similar styles and shapes. This trunk probably originally had crystalized tin ...
  15. Thanks kivatinitz and Destiny.Jennifer.g. for the loves...
  16. Thanks for the new pics of the screws -- as you can see the slots are off centered and the head is misshapen -- along with the large deep groves on the body would give indication that they were hand m...
  17. Well just for continued fun of discussion -- and yes Algoa steel could work too -- just that the GOA is a clearly different stamp than the "AL" that proceeds it -- the "AL" is a hand stamped mark the ...
  18. GOA -- I would surmise is the name of the metal company -- "Goa Metals is an independent, family-owned Indian company." -- and Al -- which is a later addition, would be the guys name... so I would ass...
  19. 2-2- 82 would be the date it was made... as a guess... a good one though... :)
  20. Your trunk was made around the turn of the 1900's. It was common practice to place one's initials on trunks purchased but not an indication of maker or where it was made. Only a maker's label would he...
  21. The only real way to know if it was a soldier's box would be to uncover the name and see whether or not he had a military history -- as you are aware -- otherwise it's just speculation. As for cleanin...
  22. I believe it is older than 1860's -- those look like hand made screws -- see how the groves on the top are off center and they are not uniform... I would place this in the mid to late 1700's. Taking o...
  23. I would suspect that the Lenior tag was a small shop selling trunks and bags at the time but they may not have actually made the trunk. Curious to find out... let us know if you find any more info on ...
  24. Several methods are helpful -- I usually throw in a couple of dryer sheets to help the cause.
  25. ps. HMSantiques has posted the same one... http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/123034-1887-jh-farel-patent-trunk
  26. These are a rare trunk -- and great that you have the interior compartments. In my "collection of trunks journey" I came across this exact trunk as did another contributor on this site -- I sold mine ...
  27. Lovely trunk circa 1910 -20's. I actually have a trunk with the exact same hardware and markings. I know there are a couple of contributers who know this info better than I -- so hopefully they can co...
  28. I had a dresser similar to this in style, hardware and wood -- and the back of the mirror had 1907 marked as a date. This style and type was made for many years so difficult to get too specific. The m...
  29. A gorgeous trunk -- looks to be from the 17th century -- (hard to say for sure without a closer inspection) nonetheless a great piece of craftsmanship. Had to smile at the mention of being buried in ...
  30. This is a beautiful piece. The type of screws and nails used would help to date it a bit more specifically. Rare to see this type of trunk with such magnificent decoration.
  31. I would be hard pressed to make a decision on what to do with this gem. I love the original look -- although it would look equally awesome refinished. All that brass will really pop if shined up. Rea...
  32. This is a bit ornate for a common tool box.... the leather straps on the interior would have been to hold tools into the lid -- my guess is that this was a speciality trunk for more sophisticated tool...
  33. This is a lovely dome top trunk most likely from around the 1890's to 1900's as you have conjectured. It appears to be all original -- and nicely restored. There would have been original paper lining ...
  34. Nice small sized trunk -- looks like a "Doll Trunk" -- hard to tell the size though by the picture. The patent date on the lock is July 9th 1872 -- you can do a search on the patent date and find out ...
  35. Looks like an American made 1870's or thereabouts trunk. There were different styles and types made at the time, top of the line, mid-range and lower quality pieces. This trunk is of the later -- more...
  36. Yale and Towne was the name of the company that made the lock -- which would have been ordered from them and placed on the trunk by trunk maker. Without a label from the actual trunk maker it's hard t...
  37. This is a lovely "Waterfall" or "Monitor" style trunk made from around the late 1890's. Hard to know who would have made it without a label as there were many companies making this style and type of t...
  38. Thank you Hillcountry for the extra pictures. There are others on this site that have a much deeper knowledge of all things trunk related -- I hope they will be able to contribute concerning this piec...
  39. Interesting piece -- certainly has a lovely form. Not entirely sure that it is an antique though. What kind of material are the center panels made of? Could you post a picture of the interior -- that ...
  40. Fabulous! -- love the look of the black background -- superior work!
  41. "Ammunition Box" is indeed embossed on the front eye -- in Band of Brothers movie there were cooking soup in one of these....
  42. The smell of the gum came up instantly with your post!! Got it, got it, need it, got it -- as we all stood around in a circle at recess and traded our inventories..
  43. Sometimes the metal is too pitted to be fully redeemed. My best results, typified by this trunk, comes with a powerful drill (not a battery operated one) using a brass wire brush attachment. Hope this...
  44. A very beautiful trunk -- similar in design to others I have seen from the 1820's or thereabouts. Probably originally covered in canvas or leather -- you can tell by looking closely at the metal bandi...
  45. Lovely trunk with a great interior! These are sometimes referred to as "monitor" trunks or "waterfall" in terms of style.
  46. Glad to see someone is brave enough to tackle these behemoths.. with excellent results!
  47. 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...
  48. Really beautiful refinish. I would categorize this as a document box. Just lovely...
  49. 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.
  50. Great find! It is a thrill to restore these treasurers... and you do a fantastic job of it!
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