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 French Trunk Louis Biancheri - Furniturein Furniture
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

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  1. One year later -- Drill -- the bottom does pull out...
  2. Nice little tin and canvas covered flat top trunk circa early 1900's. There are more full sized trunks than these smaller ones -- but they typically are not too hard to find. Certainly an original pie...
  3. Beautiful example of a fine trunk -- stunning...
  4. How can I not love this? (the original "Trunkman") Great pic! I do not see any features on the trunk that stand out as to a maker though.... I have come cross a fair number of this style along the wa...
  5. As you have indicated you have a Flat-top trunk made in the early 1900's. Without a maker's label you will be hard pressed to know who made it -- there were many making trunks without labels at the ti...
  6. Thank you for your lovely comments -- if you have to spend a bit on it see it as an investment as you will surely get that back and more on this...
  7. Warm water with mild soap and a clean cloth will help -- I use Howard Beeswax & Orange Wood conditioner on my canvas and wood -- helps shine it up a bit.
  8. Style shape and construction would suggest that this trunk was made in Europe, most likely England most likely early 1900's. Tell tale signs would be the metal handles and those small metal corner int...
  9. Looks like a Barrel top trunk from around the 1890's that was later decorated by an owner. The red velvet and tassels was a later addition -- almost looks like it may have been used by a guild of some...
  10. Nice find! It is actually in fairly good shape -- has all the slats and rivets intact. You can do some cleaning up of it yourself -- mild soap and water with a clean cloth on the piece. The slats can...
  11. WOW -- beautiful refinishing on this... I can never get my hardware to shine as nicely as this...
  12. Thanks eye -- always nice to hear from you...
  13. Gorgeous piece -- the colour of the leather and condition is FAB!
  14. Thanks so much Trey - appreciate your comments!
  15. If you get "tired" of smoking - HA - okay bad pun... cool ashtray though.. :)
  16. Beautiful Jenny Lind -- I have posted a similar six banded one -- take a look for comparison... http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/79006-antique-jenny-lind-trunk-1860
  17. Awesome wall trunk!
  18. Simply love your picture presentations... good to see you having fun with this... another wonderful piece.. indubitably... hats off
  19. A real work of art and craftsmanship to bring this back to life -- congrats!
  20. Thanks Sean and Drill -- thankfully I have a large garage...
  21. The dates on the wheels and other hardware are all patent dates from the makers of the hardware itself and most normally not the makers of the trunk... so the trunks cannot be any older than the paten...
  22. You have a lovely dome top (slight) trunk from circa early 1900's. This type and style of trunk was common at the time and made by many companies so without a label you will be hard pressed to know wh...
  23. Simply amazing -- I have been away for a while and catching up a bit... this stylistically is so cool... love the tooling on the leather... you are working up a museum quality collection js... just sa...
  24. Kyratango -- Marseille is a lovely busy place -- had a great visit there -- thanks for the comment. JScott -- glad you like it. There must be a 1000 nails is this all hand hammered... I just did a tw...
  25. You have a knack for finding ones in fabulous condition -- well bringing them to the level of FAB! Beautiful...
  26. 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...
  27. 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...
  28. The contrasting colours on this is beautiful. Such a joy to find one (and for me to see one) in pristine shape!
  29. and to top that off -- every once in a while I come across someone unusual too...
  30. Thanks myoldkyhome, Caperkid, jscott0363, fortapache, blunderbuss2, NevadaBlades, mikelv85, Nicefice, brunswick for the love...
  31. Thanks myoldkyhome jscott0363, fortapache, blunderbuss2, NevadaBlades, mikelv85, Nicefice l for the love...
  32. Well don't be too envious js... this hobby is getting wayyyyy out of hand... :)
  33. High quality French made wardrobe trunk. Beautiful interior and exterior == great find!
  34. 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...
  35. 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...
  36. I didn't realize cigarettes came that big -- must be an island thing...
  37. 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...
  38. Thanks buckethead for the love....
  39. 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 ...
  40. Thanks kivatinitz and Destiny.Jennifer.g. for the loves...
  41. 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...
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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...
  44. 2-2- 82 would be the date it was made... as a guess... a good one though... :)
  45. 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...
  46. 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...
  47. 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...
  48. 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 ...
  49. Several methods are helpful -- I usually throw in a couple of dryer sheets to help the cause.
  50. ps. HMSantiques has posted the same one... http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/123034-1887-jh-farel-patent-trunk
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