Posted 8 years ago
Here's a leather-covered Jenny Lind that I bought from Craigslist. The lady who sold it to me told me that it was dated 1840, but I have no idea why she thought that. I haven't found a date on it anywhere. I am interested in an estimate of the age. The leather isn't in great shape. It's pretty dry and it has a spot missing in the front and a couple of other very tiny spots missing. It has what appears to be steel bands that are painted a reddish-orange color that have brass buttons on them. I don't know if the band color is original but it doesn't appear that anything was ever done to this trunk. It has a brass lock. One handle is missing entirely. The other is there but the leather is missing on the outside of it. The interior paper lining is intact. My plan is to leave the leather and try to work to preserve it. Any tips on how to do that would be appreciated.