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Trunks2621 of 2666My Moms "art box" 1906 Gent's Trunk style 36
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    Posted 12 years ago

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    This is my first refurbish. I did it for my daughter, she picked the color.
    I know it is a very large monitor trunk,(34" long x 19" wide x 17" deep) the first picture was how i found it. Under about 3 coats of brown paint was a great deal of rust. Lots of polishing and elbow grease, but finally got it in fair shape. I know the value is not a great sum, but she wouldn't trade it for anything. Finished the inside bottom in cedar.
    My main question is about the maker. On the bottom was a small paper stamp. Had the letters buff then it was torn , next was the word size, torn again and then the number either 23 or 53. I think it must be the Buffalo Trunk Company, but I've learned they had a factory in Buffalo and then sold out or moved to Delaware. Anybody offer me some help?
    Would also like to find a key.
    i can't really make out the name of the lock maker, but may be corbin, found that on the inside of the lock. should i look elsewhere?

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    1. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 12 years ago
      Yes, a monitor style trunk from the early 1900's. That style lock was made by several lock companies and the name is usually on the front above the keyhole. The keycode is usually on the bottom part of the front but sometimes on the backside. You may have to look very closely. But a few of these don't have the name on them. Looks very nice. Good luck.
    2. senor_trunk senor_trunk, 12 years ago
      based on the stamp on the bottom do you think it was made by the buffalo trunk company? I assume the number would represent the type or size of the trunk?
    3. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 12 years ago
      It probably was Buffalo if you find part of the name. They often put the size on also, but it would have been 34 for this trunk, so that number could have been a model number or something else. I've always seen the size was the longest side (front) of the trunk.
    4. senor_trunk senor_trunk, 12 years ago
      Thank you
      shes a tar heel born and a tar heel bred
      the green one is for my wife, why green i don't know.
      my youngest goes to East Carolina, Purple and Gold, but they are the pirates, so i have a nice theme going on hers. Can't wait to post it.
    5. StihlCollector StihlCollector, 12 years ago
      senor_trunk, Very Nice!
    6. senor_trunk senor_trunk, 12 years ago
      thank you
      definitly a labor of love
    7. Tpsandlin, 10 years ago
      Just happened to stumble across this and thought I would ask. Can I get the hardware on my trunk to look like this without removing it? It's my first trunk and I don't want to mess it up by removing all the nails if I don't have too. I would appreciate any advise you can offer.
    8. senor_trunk senor_trunk, 10 years ago
      it is very hard to do without removing the hardware. they make special tools to pull the nails, just have to be very patient. straighten them first, clip them and the remove. this was the first trunk I ever did and I removed every piece of hardware and slats of wood.
    9. danorton, 4 years ago
      I have this same trunk, unrefurbished, including interior paper lining. Family tales date it to an overseas trip in 1886. Mine is 23” high, top and bottom. Did anyone have a definite identification? Mine has stylized metal, like spilled drops, so I wouldn't consider painting it.
    10. danorton, 4 years ago
      My online research suggests that the cross slat orientation along the top dates it from 1880 to 1915.

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