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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Zinc covered Dome top trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Robert Day and Sons Antique Trunk - Furniturein Furniture
Antique Oak slat Trunk Excelsior - Furniturein Furniture
WW1 Gunny Sack? - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
1970's SearElectronics cassette 8 track transition piece - Radiosin Radios
antique trunk 1890's - Furniturein Furniture
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…

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  1. Thanks so much for the additional pics.... pretty cool to have the label in such great shape -- must have been one of his later trunks -- I have seen his smaller hide covered trunks from his earlier p...
  2. This aged red material mimics leather pretty closely... which was part of why it was used -- tends to be much more durable but does have a tendency to crack -- wonderful tack studding on this trunk --...
  3. Awesome trunk -- could we get some better pics of it - interior and sides too? oh -- love to see the label...
  4. ps. How to tell its not leather-- run your fingernail along the cracking fiber -- notice there are no strands or bits coming off -- it will be like a hard plastic...
  5. I would be tempted to cut out the exact size hole from the back and match it to the front and patch the back -- no one looks at the back of trunks....
  6. Just as a precaution -- pretty sure that your trunk is not covered in leather but rather vulcanize fiber -- which unfortunately is hard to treat or restore other than a good cleaning. Restoring the ha...
  7. Thanks Drill -- the look on the porter's face about matches mine looking at this "project" sitting in my garage -- great poster. Thanks for the encouragement -- literally have to chip away at this one...
  8. Thanks so much Rick55 -- the before wasn't too bad just a deeper red stain... not paint like the last one...
  9. Thanks bratjdd, ravage60, rucklczglass, fleafinder for the loves...
  10. Thanks so much fleafinder.. the minute I stop having fun with this... well, I stop... smiles...
  11. Thanks Rick55 -- will post soon, i think... stalled out a bit there..
  12. Jim thanks so much for the clarification regarding these trunks. It is fascinating how patents and makers and sellers formed a mix of commerce during this time. I have three oak slat trunks and they a...
  13. Nice pick... glad to see the trip was a success...
  14. Thanks NavadaBlades, inky, Kyratango, Manikin, myoldkyhome, and racer4four for the encouraging comments... keeps me going at this...
  15. Well these pieces are "smokin' ".... :)
  16. Gee.. all of a sudden I feel pressure... LOL.... okay got the top done today...
  17. Thanks walksoftly, TassieDevil, fortapache, NevadaBlades, mikelv85, officialfuel, jscott0363, blunderbuss2, Caperkid, greendog and Drill for the love...
  18. Drill -- too funny, you do know me, can't leave these projects unattended... also I do not have a heated space to work in for winter so gotta wrap this up soon... OneGoodFind... "Godliness with conten...
  19. Js -- thanks so much for the response... this one had white paint initials emblazoned on the top and I was so happy to have been able to remove it... my guess is that this is from 1910 - 30 era. It ha...
  20. I would think as a guess between 1820 to 1840.... if it was a full sized trunk going by material and style I would think around then... specifically the studded top leather going down past the lip of ...
  21. You find the nicest pieces... just lovely....
  22. Wow -- what a beauty this is... thought there must be a way to get to the keyhole...
  23. Thanks for the great info and sleuthing... that Eaton patent looks pretty simple re. design... now the question is... did the Excelsior trunk company make oak slat trunks??? I suppose a label on an o...
  24. Thanks Caperkid for the great comment...
  25. Oh now that's interesting... hmmm... is this the 'smoking' gun on the question at hand? Marvin you out there???
  26. I honestly have no idea... did someone have an excelsior stamp at some company that made these? A couple of our contributors may know more...
  27. greendog it turned out to be a stripped pattern trunk and not an oak slat -- a very nice one though with great studding.. if it was closer I would have picked it up...
  28. Thanks so much jscotto for the great comment...
  29. Great looking lock -- first time I have seen one like it... does any part move on it or slide over to show a key hole? Doesn't seem to be anything missing on it as far as I can tell.
  30. omygosh this is soooo nice... they keep getting better -- going on your site is like watching the fireworks...
  31. Not sure about that greendog -- pretty stiff competition this month on trunks... I have such fun with all this eye candy on this site... thanks for the "thumbs up"
  32. Thanks again greendog -- just made contact with the seller -- trying to ascertain if it is a slat trunk or not... yah this one is sweet... second one I found in the same area... still have the first ...
  33. That's too funny greendog -- I saw this exact ad this morning and missed that one tucked in the back -- good eye!!! Thanks for sending me the link... I will do a little follow up to see and let you kn...
  34. Js this is awesome... how you can revive the leather... geesh... thanks for the spot on mine -- I was about to say that mine is about the same as yours in condition and appearance... so nice this...
  35. dude send me the link....
  36. Thanks Drill... Greendog actually no I picked it up outside of Quebec City -- did not see one for sale in Ontario -- probably would have driven to get it though!
  37. Over the top double wow on interior!!!
  38. I see these come up from tine to time - the leather is always stained and it just kills them... this one however -- WOW -- you have a knack for finding pristine pieces js -- and you do great work kee...
  39. It's a nice trunk again greendog -- did Maier source out his hardware? Surely that's his hinge on the back -- did you check the patent date to see or compare with another Maier trunk.. there are other...
  40. Beautiful find -- if possible you have room for one more pic... love to see a close up of the lock, always of interest. These transform beautifully when restored --- would love to see some "after" sho...
  41. ps. you can shine up the second half of the banding with fine steel wool....
  42. I find it hard to assess value on these -- dependent on what forum you choose to use to try to sell it... look up comparisons on auction sites and ebay for a ballpark figure..
  43. It's an awesome trunk -- and so neat to find another oak slat trunk maker -- there were not many of them -- I have one that I still am unsure of who made it...
  44. Beautiful trunk indeed -- may be a Romadka brothers trunk -- you can look up the patent dates to see who made the hardware -- if it is by Romadka they did not source out their hardware so they would h...
  45. What a beautiful restoration greendog -- this one is so similar to mine with a few different variations. I am pretty certain MM did not always use his signature hardware on all of his trunks so I thin...
  46. Stunningly beautiful...
  47. Ps. The Towne and Yale were the makers of the lock but not the trunk.... without a label hard to know who actually made the trunk...
  48. A simple effective solution to not having to repaint is to fine steel wool the hardware and then apply gun oil. Trunk looks to be around the circa 1900's.
  49. A fabulous find JS -- in such pristine condition for its age -- do you use magic eraser on the leather?? I would think 1820's to 40's... such a high quality lock mechanism -- and I would think perhap...
  50. This chair is made in the "Mission Style" that was popular at the time. Simple design with nice lines... there is a lot of history on this style of furniture making on the web that I am sure will help...
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