Posted 5 years ago
Just finished restoring a Martin Maier trunk. It is a dometop with a solid brass lock with working key. The trunk is metal (tin) covered with an alligator pattern. Martin Maier opened a trunk factory in 1873, It was located in Detroit Michigan on Woodward Ave. I believe my trunk dates to around 1880. Martin Maier trunks were known for their ornate hardware....note the "M" stamped on all the end caps. He also had a patented rear hinge that didn't require the typical trunk stay to hold the lid open. Whoever had this trunk before me painted it blue and painted all the hardware gold. The blue paint was a buger to strip. I initially tried to sandblast it....the sandblaster didn't budge that paint. Ended up spending hours with paint stripper to get the job done. I used a drill with a wire wheel to buff the hardware to it's original finish then clear coated to protect the hardware. The wood slats were cleaned, sanded and clear coated, and the alligator tin areas were painted brown enamel...trim areas black. I elected to line the interior with cedar wood and made the tray out of baginga hardwood with a cedar floor. This trunk will reside in my son Carl and his wife Nancy's new restaurant, "Stone Soup Cottage", located in Cottleville, MO.