Posted 12 years ago
This small trunk from my collection is a leather covered trunk from the Civil War period, 1860's or possibly a little earlier. It has a handmade iron and brass lock with an eagle design on it, iron banding with solid cast brass studs on all sides, the original top handle and inner tray and lid compartment. The colorful picture inside is also original and shows a jungle scene with palm trees and a tiger. This measures 19" tall by 17" by 17", an unusual size. Some people call these half trunks or hand trunks. Some of the later trunks this size from about 1880 to 1920's were called Hat boxes or Hat Trunks in catalogs of the time. I don't know if this was for hats, but it was obviously for small items and is well made. I don't know who made it but I believe it is American made. The leather has tooled designs and I treated it with leather preservative polish. I cleaned the old torn and dirty fabric out of the interior and refinished the wood, keeping the picture in original condition. I love the look of the old original trunks. I don't have the key but hope to find one that fits some day.