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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! (Read more)


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  1. Unfortunately there were many companies at the time making this style and type of trunk so without a label it is extremely difficult to know which one made this one. Certain high end trunk makers have...
  2. This style and type of trunk began to mark the end of the halcyon days of the traveling trunk. Lighter suitcases where coming into vogue and of course the dawn of air travel was breaking. After the 30...
  3. The person to whom the card is sent is considered to be "The Joke" and the person is merely implying that he will go along with him when he leaves to go somewhere... get it -- you are a joke -- pun o...
  4. 1910-20's flat top trunk.
  5. OMG -- imagine him singing "I did it my way!!" in a packed theatre...
  6. I think the kitty is eyeing my fish...
  7. Thanks Hunter, mikelv85, aghcollect, Jewels, trunkman and SEAN68 for the love...
  8. Lovely civil war era Jenny Lynd style suitcase canvas covered with big brass rivets -- the kind that collectors like me LOVE!!!!. Mid to later 1860's is my guess as to age.
  9. Would love to see a picture of the suitcase -- looks to be civil war era...
  10. I think I shall love it myself...
  11. Thanks Sean... cutie pie little kitty...
  12. Thanks Phil... a great memory for me...
  13. Thanks for the love chilligirl and bistrodesign....
  14. You must!! I would love to see the result!
  15. Early 1900's flat top trunk. Great project trunk -- yes take off the canvas, wet it well with a soaking cloth and us an exacto knife to cut along the edges, and keep wetting and use a scraper to take ...
  16. Too funny... works for me!!!
  17. Someone has to keep me sharp BB2 -- email me if you wish.... many thanks....
  18. They are beautiful Mani....
  19. Thanks BB2 -- appreciate the support --
  20. Nice trunk -- actually more than likely a document box as a handle on the top would suggest as well as size. Seems to me it could be civil war era or a little after that but definitely from the mid to...
  21. Thanks so much Sean... I did get some background info. on one owner but I do not think they were the original owners... the Initial is HL or LH and beside that is written USA. on the same style and pa...
  22. Nice early 1900's flat top trunk. Nice standard type of trunk in its day -- this style made by many companies so without a label hard to know which one. Nice lock which is probably a bit older than th...
  23. Okay okay... I bought this off of a kijji add in New Brunswick. The price was reasonable for the condition and I restored it. About as exciting as it gets... although it was exciting to come across th...
  24. Thanks Phil and Walksoftly for the love...
  25. Jim I so appreciate your knowledge and input and I learn so much from what you say. The reason I did not think it was civil era trunk was from earlier comments you made on a similar trunk -- so your i...
  26. Yes I bought "Rust Stop" and it has phosphoric acid and yes there is a white residue after use... paints over well and halts future rust,, sounds like a commercial.. just love getting hints and tips t...
  27. I could not find Ospho but the main ingredient in that product was in the one I picked up... forget the name of the ingredient but it is not in all of these types of products..
  28. BB2 thanks to your input I picked up a rust inhibitor and am using it on all my rusted metal parts on my trunks.... this one could use a good dose of it.... scrubbed with steel wool first then the rus...
  29. Fun project trunk! Could be civil war era but they made these well past that time -- so perhaps another trunk expert could weigh in -- I would say it i from around 1870's to 80's and I would base tha...
  30. Hi Drill... your email is not working and I have some questions for you... drop me a line...
  31. Trying to bump us up a notch there BB2...
  32. You have a circa 1900 -1920 dome top trunk. There were a plethora of companies producing these styles and types of trunks at the time -- so without an actual label you will be hard pressed to know who...
  33. I have one similar -- made of olive wood... the cat licked it continually... circa late 1970's tourist purchase.
  34. I always tell myself that I am doing it for myself.. the way I like it and how I want it to look... I give a piece my authenticity...
  35. Unfortunately the hardware on your trunk is not high quality so the coating tends to wear off over time and there is not much that can be done about it. If the metal banding is torn very hard to fix ...
  36. très drôle kyrantango :) ...
  37. Merci paris1925 -- great museum -- thanks for the link... spent most of my time drooling over the trunks they have... :)
  38. Sure Jewels -- this one was directly imported from France and I believe it to be circa 1775 - 1825. The locks are both hand forged and if you look closely you will notice they are a different size. Th...
  39. Thanks for the love kyratango...
  40. "Like a gathering of old friends" -- ohh I love that comment... thanks for all the great comments and yes I do have a stamp collection but there are too many to post LOL!!
  41. Thanks kyrantango -- looks like some kind of stuffed animal doll thingy -- eyes are popping out at the far right corner... maybe...
  42. Awesome piece -- love it!!
  43. Lovely work and great acquisition Mani -- isn't great when you find that perfect piece -- or pieces in your case LOL. (although there was no LOL when you opened the package -- more like WT....) :) Why...
  44. They all had lithographs as simple decorations... and yes early 1900's trunk.. fairly rough shape, missing slats etc. as you know -- big project, good luck and welcome to collectors weekly!
  45. Nice old trunk -- not familiar with veneer -- Bad news is the warranty has run out -- quick cheap fix is to stain the wood underneath for a close match -- who's to know? Veneer trunks are rare in my ...
  46. Get it -- east meets west on this one. Love seeing the old trunks which are new in the old photos....
  47. Scottvez I appreciate the comment -- have no idea what you are hinting about..LOL! (mind gets a little muddled on a Sunday morning)
  48. Super cool find Jewels!!!!!
  49. Uh.... that's not a hat eye -- just something I pulled out of my basement drain..... don't know if I really want to wear it.... just letting it dry for now... not sure what it is\was.... screamed a lo...
  50. Thank you all for the very encouraging comments.... I appreciate all of you and your continued supportive presence on CW!!!!
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