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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! (Read more)

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Antique Trunk Painted Black Refinished Circa 1880's - Furniturein Furniture
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  1. Drill -- thanks -- looking forward to the read... throw stuff my way anytime... greatly appreciated!
  2. Thanks trunkingforfun and fortapache for the love....
  3. Hi Cac1.. I missed this post somehow. Please resubmit your pictures in the right direction and offer a close up of the latch for better understanding of the piece. Looks like a European suitcase circa...
  4. Thanks Drill and Sean for the nice comments...
  5. Thanks miklv85, Walksoftly and myoldkyhome for the nice comments!
  6. Okay I will weigh in with some novice observations. Cannot see this being anywhere near fourth century. Maybe in its construction techniques but not in age. The patina on the wood appears to be maybe ...
  7. Beautiful! I do not think I have seen one with a painted design before -- do you think it was original or added by the owner? Beautiful restoration Drill.... fabulous. Welcome to Trunks anonymous......
  8. I have never found a manufacture date under any paper on any trunk. Even when they have a label there is usually no date on the label. It just was not an important consideration at the time. Dates wer...
  9. You have an early 1900's flat-top trunk. Without a label it would be hard to know who made it as many companies made this model/style of trunk. It is not a rare trunk.... but it will look nice refinis...
  10. Sometimes the things in life that are most fragile are also the things most precious. To have and hold and then to loose a work of art is something that touches all of our hearts. We lament with you t...
  11. A lovely canvas covered flat-top trunk from around 1910 that some owner-artisan painted for themselves. As this is a typical standard trunk for its day and there were many manufacturers making them, s...
  12. Thanks officialfuel, PastJoy51M, Radegunder, and Drill for the loves.
  13. Oh those are the best kind...
  14. I also find that if you dark stain the wood slats they look a little better...
  15. Oh my... beautiful trunk. This would be a maker's top of the line "Bride's Trunk", showing their best work. It is very beautiful and ornate and I have seen this type from time to time. The back hinge...
  16. Could use this on that "NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN BUFFALO LEATHER CONTAINER" post.... LOL....
  17. There is always value in these trunks -- not a high value in this instance but some for sure. Yours looks to be an 1880's paper covered barrel top trunk. I do not ever recall seeing one this size cove...
  18. A superb work of art! Everything about this piece is beautiful. Awe is the right word for my reaction to this as well.... simply stunning....
  19. Chesterfield is an old English term for "couch" which still is in use today by old English people such as myself. Does not show up on Wikipedia for some odd reason but put the word in google images an...
  20. Thanks Phil for the great comment... uh .. I am still locked in the repair shed though... could use some help here...
  21. Thanks inky for the lovely comment, and yes I am short a few vases, but we pronounce them "vases" not "vases" like others... :) Canadian eh...
  22. Your trunk was most likely made in the early 1900's. It is a flat top trunk with a slight beveled edge. It is a standard from and type of trunk for its day, other than the slight bevel which is a bit ...
  23. This is a very lovely piece. Is the handle plastic or bakelite? -- will help with the dating...
  24. Hi Elisabethan... you had asked about Jenny Lind trunks and indeed the style is named after the famous opera singer who toured the US and made this form of trunk popular. There were many makers who ca...
  25. Well thank you MrsWarern -- you are a lovely "Dudette"... LOL :)
  26. Sorry eye -- no staging for the post.. #3 is a permanent display...
  27. Gotta have an emergency stash.... just in case...
  28. Well eye there is more space behind the couch not shown where there is a stack of four suitcases... did not have a wide enough lens to catch it all... nothing else hidden by the couch though... yester...
  29. TCA -- My name is Trunkman.... I'm Canadian,,, I'm covered... sort of....
  30. That's a great picture TA -- which is why I am so leery of any of these trunks because they are getting really good at it...
  31. Beautifully and tastefully placed in strategic areas, and of course some are small...and I have a rather large house... thanks for the concern, and when I do get to stacking I will know I've gone too ...
  32. Drill -- thanks for the lovely comment, much appreciated. The weave pattern has a little star in the center of the weave -- have you seen this before? Appreciate your knowledge and feedback... many t...
  33. Thanks trunkingforfun.... but I AM RUNNING OUT OF ROOM!!! I keep most of my trunks so I am at maximum capacity (well not entirely true -- I have a loft above my garage!) I have two in my office at wo...
  34. Wow that is truly an impressive refinish on this beautiful trunk!!!! Many hours and a lot of hard work but it truly paid off...
  35. No doubt about this one -- definitely a Jenny Lind style trunk from around the 1860's (I have a couple on my site) . This is a very nice model with great brass bands and big rivets -- just the type c...
  36. Thanks nutsabotas6 for the love...
  37. Thanks Nordicman32 for the love...
  38. One more link for info -- http://www.collectorscorner.co.in/antique-chests.html, so stylistically it appears to be Malaysian and consistent with construction and form. You can do a bit more sleuthi...
  39. Here is a link from ebay for a similar type of trunk -- Malaysian... http://www.ebay.com/itm/52-W-trunk-vintage-chest-console-antiqued-metal-blue-individually-at-its-best-/230869336183
  40. Thanks trunkingforfun for the love...
  41. I keep coming back to this piece trying to understand it. There are some signs of genuine age and wear. The similar pieces I have seen have been on a smaller scale. The size of this suggests that it w...
  42. This is just an observation about these trunks -- I have seen many of them on the market in various sizes and shapes and they are indeed handmade and look wonderful. The green on the outside tells me ...
  43. Well BB2 at least you are on the boat...
  44. It is a nice old trunk from Europe probably around 1910 or so and does have value -- just not a high value. Should go for the average price of trunks in your area. Probably English made an was once co...
  45. I recognize these as the ones from Tetely Tea figurines made by Wade company -- except that they are brass. The first three are of course the nursery rhymes motif, old lady in the shoe, the gingerbrea...
  46. This is a beautiful trunk. I am a bit out of my depth on this kind of trunk, but I will say that the nails look handmade (from your center picture you can see that each one is different) , which would...
  47. This could be a wonderfully old trunk or a wonderfully new trunk made to look old. Many of this type are coming from asia -- still hand crafted and nice but not necessarily old. The handles on the sid...
  48. Thanks Sean!!
  49. Thanks everyone for the loves and the really great comments! Getting the paint off of the metal is the easiest part of the whole process -- chemical paint stripper called Circa 1850 practically wipes ...
  50. Thanks for the best wishes from another canuck...
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