Posted 8 years ago
I purchased this trunk from a lovely lady and her kind husband.
I was told it had been used for over 100 years within her family.
I would like to know what year it was made and by whom.
Approximate Measurements are 34" wide x 19" deep x 26" high
It has a railway express agency tag hanging from one of the torn leather side handles.
Lock is YALE & TOWNE MFG CO. No key for lock.
The leather side straps are torn/missing.
It also has 8 casters on the bottom, I believe.
I've always wanted one of these and this one is so much more beautiful in person, photos do not do it justice.
It's not as rusty as it appears.
I would also like to know how to clean the wood, remove the rust from the metal parts & polish the hardware without harming the trunk.
Can anyone advise? Please.
I did some reasearch on this style of trunk, I am not 100% sure but I believe it's a Saratoga, here's why...
In the late 1870s a large fancy round top trunk became popular, because it was used by the wealthier people visiting the spas & racetrack at Saratoga Springs, New York.
The Saratoga Trunk was a very large, domed top style with fancy trim, covered in either leather or metal.
Early trunk catalogs & ads describe Saratoga trunks as a "large round top of the highest class".
Round top trunks (also called humpback, camelback, monitor top, & barrel top) were made in a wide range of sizes & coverings.
It is believed that the round tops were made for those who wanted to try to have their trunk packed on the top of baggage cars, so they would not be damaged.