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Im4anythingOld's loves192 of 192Martin Maier trunk 1880'sAwesome market place find!
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    Posted 7 years ago

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    This one was a little challenging. I found it at a local peddlers mall for $15. It's rather large, measuring 42" long X 22" tall X 21" wide. It took me a couple of weeks to restore it, strip out the interior, exterior and reline it. In fact, I completely disassembled it and worked from the ground up.

    I had to replace all of the leather trim, straps and hold downs. I also replaced the canvas covering on it as it was pretty ratted out. As you can see, it was in pretty poor condition when I took possession of it. It was a lot of fun and very gratifying when I completed it though.

    I liked the size of it and this one is perfect for storing our winter and summer clothes in. This one would be a large packing trunk from the 1880s to 1890s.

    Thanks for stopping by and having a look!

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      beautiful collection jscott!!
    2. trunkman trunkman, 7 years ago
      This is an incredible piece of work -- to replace canvas on a trunk is way beyond my level of skill.... and the results are so spectacular. Well done jscott...
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      Thanks Sean for the very nice comment!! Your collection, though not trunks, is pretty amazing itself!!
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      Thanks Trunkman!! It's actually much easier than it sounds. I buy canvas at The Hobby Lobby and Elmer's glue by the gallon. Once the surface is clean and smooth, just apply thin skim of Elmer's glue and apply the canvas. Secure the edges inside the base and lid with small tacks. She usually sets up overnight. I've re-canvased about 5 in the past several years. Glad you liked it!!
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the loves everybody!!
    6. Kydur Kydur, 7 years ago
      This inspires me to restore some of the old trunks I've gathered along the way! I have a few in the 4th "before condition" photo and it's great to see what they could look like.
    7. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      Thank you Kydur!! This one is pretty large ( 42" long). I learned very quickly to choose a smaller trunk for restoring, after this one. This took a little longer and was a lot more complex (lots more hardware and trim) than the others that I've restored. But, once I got the swing of it, and learned a lot as I went along, I truly enjoy it. It's my way of disconnecting from work in the evenings and on weekends. I definitely don't do it for the money. Haven't seen a wealthy trunk restorer yet!!
    8. Kydur Kydur, 7 years ago
      It's removal of the gazillion bent-end tacks that I think would be the most tedious chore. Did you salvage each one for re-use or did you use new tacks?
    9. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      No, I went back in with new trunk nails (available from many antique trunk parts dealers on the internet). But, the one you posted (and I just commented on) shouldn't need to have the first nail removed. It's still in really nice condition. Just a good cleaning and possibly recolor the hardware.
    10. OneGoodFind OneGoodFind, 6 years ago
      You are so good with these. You should rent them out to Hollywood baby!!
    11. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thank you so much for the wonderful comment and the love as well. Very kind of you and much appreciated!
    12. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the loves and for taking time to stop by




      Very much appreciated!!!

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