Posted 7 years ago
This is the second chest I picked up and the last one I have questions about, until I get my next one. Ok, let me see if I can properly use everything I have learned from this site. It’s a barrel-stave trunk with a front and back single beveled slat but without slat clamps. It has a paper covering with a thin binding and has a star lock with two unknown manufactured latches. There are no patent dates exposed, I have yet to disassemble anything off of the trunk. I did not memorize all of this; I have been checking, yet again, every post on this site as well as Jim’s site and this old trunk in order to try and identify. Not shown, a lid stay on the right side. Having said this I am guessing it is a lower cast trunk built or assembled no earlier than the mid-1870, based on it having a lid stay. I just do not understand why it does not have slat clamps.
Please let me know what I have wrong or missed as trying to figure these things out is like a second treasure hunt, the first is finding them. I have ordered the book that jscott recommended and cannot wait to start the refinishing and then keep this one forever. I am truly enjoying my new found passion and am just trying to learn all I can. At this rate I should be at Jim's level in 137 more years.
Again, thank all of you for the help and welcome yesterday.