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. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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 ...
  5. Several methods are helpful -- I usually throw in a couple of dryer sheets to help the cause.
  6. ps. HMSantiques has posted the same one... http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/123034-1887-jh-farel-patent-trunk
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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.
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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 ...
  21. Fabulous! -- love the look of the black background -- superior work!
  22. "Ammunition Box" is indeed embossed on the front eye -- in Band of Brothers movie there were cooking soup in one of these....
  23. 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..
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. Lovely trunk with a great interior! These are sometimes referred to as "monitor" trunks or "waterfall" in terms of style.
  27. Glad to see someone is brave enough to tackle these behemoths.. with excellent results!
  28. 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...
  29. Really beautiful refinish. I would categorize this as a document box. Just lovely...
  30. 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.
  31. Great find! It is a thrill to restore these treasurers... and you do a fantastic job of it!
  32. 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...
  33. What a great story to this!!! LOVE IT!
  34. I'm sure there's a story or two behind this one... thanks so much Gatekeeper for the kind words...
  35. 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 --
  36. Beautiful picture -- great piece!!!
  37. Thanks jscott, BB2, and Chrisnp for the comments....
  38. ps. The "I am magnet" typo is pretty funny... good old spell check!
  39. 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 ...
  40. 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...
  41. 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......
  42. Great work on the restore -- so nice to see them brought back to life!!
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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...
  45. 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 ...
  46. Thanks Nicefice for the lovely comment...
  47. 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...
  48. 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...
  49. 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...
  50. 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...
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