Posted 8 years ago
This is my Portfolio Sole Leather trunk. I'm not quite sure of the age of this one. Though the patent date is December 20, 1869, it was more than likely made years later. Sole leather trunks were made only until 1910, so this would have been made well before 1910.
It's nearly 100% complete, including both handles, which are in beautiful condition. It's bound with copper rivets, which I thought was very cool. I've always thought the interior was pretty awesome looking. When you drop down the section inside the lid, it has red striping over the steel spring bands. It has a very heavy brass Excelsior lock and key. It was evidently a well taken care of trunk by it's original owner. I see a lot of these Sole Leather trunks that are in such irrecoverable condition. I got lucky on this one.
The exterior was very dirty when I got it a couple of years ago. So, I cleaned it with glycerin saddle soap and conditioned the leather, polished the copper rivets and the brass pieces. I did replace the lid lift and leather straps (original buckles though).
Thanks for looking!!