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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Antique Document Box 1810-1830's - Furniturein Furniture
Excelsior Oak Slat Trunk Restored - Furniturein Furniture
Excelsior Oak Slat Trunk Painted - Furniturein Furniture
Antique Leather Trunk 1880's - Furniturein Furniture
Clinton Wall Trunk (small) - Furniturein Furniture
Antique Dresser trunk Kuntzendorf details - Furniturein Furniture
Antique Dresser Theatrical Trunk Kuntzendorf 1901 - Furniturein Furniture
1875 Antique Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Jenny Lind Refinished - Furniturein Furniture
Excelsior Trunk Lock - Furniturein Furniture

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  1. kyratango -- Joan Rivers where are you when I need you???
  2. Hey -- thanks Trey....
  3. Kyratango -- but how could I ever give up my work as a stripper? Thanks for the great humour and smiles.... Thanks jscott for the kind comment.... I really am not so good at detailing so working wit...
  4. Hey cabledude -- kinda hard to assess a trunk without seeing a picture of it. Condition means a lot as in most things antique. These are lovely trunks but the value is not that high -- and lower if it...
  5. It may well have been the original colour of the tin but that colouring is long gone... I do not understand what part of the trunk the fourth picture represents...
  6. ... and I would concur with scott and surmise that the cross itself does not belong to the original hat...
  7. Looks like a Greek orthodox cross on the front so some kind of tie into that group...
  8. Nice find -- love the cross slat running along the top.... have not seen that lock before and the tin pattern looks unique also. Should turn out great -- looking forward to the "after" shot.
  9. This is a patent number and it would be March 16th 1880 and would be the patent for the lock but not the trunk -- trunk makers bought their parts from common parts makers in the day. When you say "go...
  10. A very beautiful restoration job on this -- just love it! These are great trunks and hard to come by. You certainly brought his one back to life -- congrats!
  11. Nice 1890's dome-top trunk with alligator embossed tin and nice cast iron slat clamps. It is a typical style and make for its time. Without a label it will be difficult to know what company manufactur...
  12. Jim's site is hmsantiquetrunks.com which is equally cool! :) Thanks for the clarification Jim on the "S" -- I took a shot at it .... so glad that you guys are around to share your knowledge!
  13. Looks like a nice old 1890's trunk -- dome top. Whenever I see this form I usually think "zinc covered" - but alas the covering that was on it has been removed. The slat clamps seem a bit oversized f...
  14. Now that's a nice table -- good eye! Love the woodwork detail.
  15. This is a very nice trunk -- often the trays are missing so that's a bonus to have them. I use gun oil on some of my tin to help reduce the rust and shine them up a bit (but it does darken the rusty m...
  16. Not to disappoint you... but... this trunk was not made for the back of a vehicle. This is and English made metal trunk for storage -- they are common enough. They are still desirable in England today...
  17. Nice old trunk -- the "S" does stand for a maker -- whose name escapes me just now... maybe Seward... well I hope one of our contributors who are up on this would know -- I do not see that logo on the...
  18. Pretty safe bet it was made as a tool chest -- I see alot of them in Quebec of various shapes and sizes.... often they were home made utilitarian pieces suited to the profession of the tradesman. Nice...
  19. It's really quite a stunning trunk -- the m's stand out so nicely as a contrast. Simply gorgeous interior work -- wow! Total trunk junkie eye candy...
  20. AWESOME!
  21. That first layer of canvas can be tough to remove -- usually it comes off well when you soak it first with a wet cloth... try a piece at the back or bottom to measure your success. I find tung oil doe...
  22. Always nice to see a dresser trunk -- this is from a well known maker who may hold the patent on this style. The outside veneer on your seems to be in good condition -- I see that the canvas is a bit ...
  23. Thanks bjb5859 for the comment. Spray paint I think is the hardest of all to take off -- so this one being painted with an oil base paint really was not that difficult. I would agree that the paint ha...
  24. eye -- reminds me of the movie Cinema Paradiso -- la piazza e' mia -- the plaza is mine... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XFcMMDmyF8
  25. There's a lock museum???? Wasn't Corbin from Terryville if I imagine correctly.. ?? Man -- and here I thought I wasn't going to learn much today.... Ps. Lilkin by the looks of that key I would go b...
  26. BB2 is definitely out there being "out there",,,, right bb?? Thanks Drill... appreciate the comment and the fun!!! "Once a king is always a king but once a knight is enough" -- Ted Baxter
  27. WOW -- what a fabulous look!! Having the key is so rare and awesome -- and the story of the sinking of the ship -- a real mystery as is the numbers on the front -- a total package of a great find!! I...
  28. Too funny -- oh how I love this forum.... !! Hey eye -- this reminded me of two funny clips I wanted to post -- send me an email and I will send you the link for a good laugh on related topic... basic...
  29. Thanks Walksoftly for the cheer!!!
  30. Eye -- did you catch that??..... oh so many places to go....
  31. Thanks Kathykay, jscott, sean and kyratango ;0 -- for the nice comments...
  32. Thanks so much JohnB... the list is growing somwht short I must say... still looking for a Taylor Trunk, possibly a Goyard (good luck on that one!) must be a couple I am forgetting. I have a Vandermee...
  33. The front could be lighter because of sunlight exposure. I do not think this piece is over 100 yrs. old... looks more like something from the early to mid 1900's. I wish I could be of more help... per...
  34. Gee -- sounds like this guy had it all...
  35. Dating a piece can be a bit tricky -- depends on a few factors. Just by the style it looks to be a 1920's piece -- but of course they can make that style today. So we like to look at close ups of the ...
  36. Restoration will be a fun project -- and great that you have all of the interior intact. Welcome to Collector's weekly!
  37. Seems we are all in.... post away.... (I would like to see a post tung oil pic s.v.p.)
  38. Thanks a fabulous carpenter's trunk you came across! The front latch/lock is unique and has a great industrial design feel to it. I think the lettering on the lid was probably from a former use -- th...
  39. Hi Lilkin -- we are with you on its authenticity.. I would think that the tung oil will bring out the numbers a bit more... it will not make them any less... as you are aware they will always be faint...
  40. Thanks for the blessing.... your trunk is around the era of the early 1900's -- probably around 1910-1920 or so and is covered with a tough material called vulcanized fiber. Rough and rugged they last...
  41. I would think that the "sandblaster" would have the effect of making the wood look newer.... however the interior is consistent with age as is shape design and materials... a coat of light stain will ...
  42. Nice steamer trunk -- funky kinda set-up! The lock and front guides are really nice on this one. Thanks for the post and welcome to Collector's Weekly...
  43. I would concur with robin56 and date it later in the 1800's. Often times these were carpenters trunks thus the heavy construction. I have seen dowry chests or wedding chests that have had the birth da...
  44. And also with you Drill.... thanks for the cheer!
  45. Really nice work KathyKay -- and you did such a nice job on the interior. I concur with you in regards to patience for the interior.... I just don't have any and have never done one -- and the bar is ...
  46. Thanks KathyKay and jscott for the kind words.
  47. Thanks bjb5859 -- it is a privilege to work on these beauties....
  48. Thanks Alan -- just LOVE these projects....
  49. Hi Kathy Kay -- I have recently acquired an excelsior trunk and was wondering where you ordered your leather lock cover piece. Would you mind letting me know -- either on this thread or you can email ...
  50. So what I am really saying is that this piece may have been made by the Amish....
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