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Trunks1653 of 2584Need help identifying year and maker. Headley & Farmer Trunk, New York Established 1842 (Trunk is early 1900s)
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    Posted 7 years ago

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    Relined, interior with cross thatch pattern fabric, as well as imitation Alligator fabric. side walls are faux finished, added some brass tacks.custom shelves were added/all removable to accommodate up to 30 pairs of shoes comfortably .Stained and clear coated shelving and then added the touches of gold. Lithograph Picture is from an 1880 magazine.
    Trunk Size : 34" long, 24" ht. 21" wide. fun project.

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Sounds like the girl is a shoe addict! LOL!
    2. Drill Drill, 7 years ago
      If feel for the young guy he's about to tie the knot,she may Love her shoes more than him,hope he likes those bills.
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      I agree Drill. Pre-divorce ceremonies are fun but you don't get your gift back when they learn to hate each other later. I had a wife, kids, home in the country, dog etc.. But then her husband came home & I had to leave. LOL!
    4. Drill Drill, 7 years ago
      He must have chased u far BB2,hope he didn't turn the dog on u.
      (Alibi on description: Just realized the mermaid picture I mounted on the shelf was a picture By Dan Beard, Scribner's Magazine Feb. 1892 (not 1880 as stated in the description) got my magazines mixed up. I have Scribner's Magazine spanning from like: 1872 to 1894 not complete sets,but cool all the same.)
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Drill, the dog liked me better than him. Had fair warning but understand the kids kept asking about "uncle Luke" & that caused trouble. Hey, I was a good "uncle"!! LOL!!
    6. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      Drill, that is really nice and very unique! I love this!!
    7. Drill Drill, 7 years ago
      Thanks Scott ,It was a fun one.the canvas and glue were hell on this one.
    8. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      Drill, was the original lining linen fabric? Just curious. I've never removed linen from the inside of a trunk. However, I once did an alligator embossed tin covered round top that someone had lined with a bright blue chenille fabric. That took me about a week to remove.
    9. Drill Drill, 7 years ago
      Yes! It was,But that is one of the places (when I said that I was pressed for time)That I did not remove the fabric as I normally do(it is time consuming and this trunk had many interior rivets that don't finish out well if you were to sand/stain.).This time I painted the linen which was in fair shape, white first with a mildew resistant paint. That gets all the smell out.Then I faux finished with a light brown paint and a swirl brush. I then had some leftover fabric from two other projects that I decided to use. I Stapled the fabric, glued Brass Fabric Tacks/ buttons are over the staples as they hide them well. The shelves are all removable and have four configurations/Brass tacks on the walls hold the different placements,depending on what is needed to be stored.They stack on the angle pictured but also vertically in the bottom They can also lay flat on the bottom if you don't require them. Another shortcut(cheating) time is on the handles I ground the handle holder center pins and ran 1" 1/4 screws.Then ground the crew heads. It takes five minutes to put handles on this way as opposed to removing all nails on handle holders.
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      Wow, short cuts or not, it's pretty awesome looking!! BTW, I love the way you replaced the handles so quickly. That is a very clever idea! I'd never thought of that. But, you can bet that I'll be trying that on the next one I do, with that type of handles.
    11. Drill Drill, 7 years ago
      4 inch grinder with the diamond wheel works best,you can try drilling with a 1/4 " bit but you gotta be good.Hammer and chisel breaks them out fastest once ground.The screws are 1 1/4" pan heads and I should have ground them down further to hide the phillips slot,next time.those handles were not the right size for that trunk but they were new and I needed em fast.I had to trim little leather but you really can't tell. LOL on your next handle adventure it may take you a little longer the first time,but you'll get good at it.
    12. trunkman trunkman, 7 years ago
      So impressive Drill -- honestly I have never refinished an interior other than maybe stripping old paper -- don't have the patience for it -- but this is, I must admit, an inspiration for me to put a bit more effort into a finished product because the results are fabulous...
    13. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      I agree with Trunkman on the interior. I do strip my paper out and put a coat of polyurethane down before papering the inside. But, your interior is WAY more elaborate than anything I've ever done, or probably will ever be able to do. Slightly beyond my skills.
      I do appreciate the tips on the trunk handle replacement. You can bet that I'll be giving that a try real soon!
      Oh BTW, I'm guessing it was you that forwarded the Craigslist trunks to me. If so, thanks very much! They're just a little further away than I want to drive this time of year.
    14. Drill Drill, 7 years ago
      What happens is you love the outside of your trunks,but the treasure is kept in the inside.And if they are nice enough you might even really use them. They should be heirlooms that are past from generation to generation.That's how they can be let go to others.If I showed before pictures you wouldn't even bring it in the house.Now it can be a centerpiece in a room,Thats how they will survive.
    15. Drill Drill, 7 years ago
      Yeah! Scott I did forward them. Keep in mind that I continuously(at least once per week) search the Northern Hemisphere for the rare ones American/French /etc. It is my other hobby /obsession (Treasure hunting)I love finding things.I can't buy them all and I love to know whats out there, so I share- in hopes that they may go to the Trunker's that can possibly take good care of them .There are people that actually throw them away when they don't sell,and that is a damn shame. I have a list of a chosen few that frequent this site that I send them too. I would be happy to send you some of what I find.If it ever becomes something you don't want ,I stop.Just let me know.
    16. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      Drill, Thanks and keep 'em coming. Even if I don't buy them, I'll at least enjoy looking at them.
    17. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      BTW, the handles look great!!

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