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Abe Foot Manufacturer- Cross Slat Barrel top Trunk

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    Posted 6 years ago

    Drill
    (58 items)

    This trunk was found in Maryland (a 3 1/2 hr drive one way,proving my insanity BB2).It is in rough shape, most say I'm crazy to drive so far(but I love a challenge.Best $50.00 I ever spent. I have not seen this manufacturers sticker before.This trunk is now known as the Beast. As it is 36" long 23"wide 33" to the apex of the side. 36" to the apex of the dome. It has scalloped Sessions hardware on the Hardwood slats,4 heavy duty hinges,It is currently missing a few pieces of hardware but When complete it will have 112 peices cast pieces.I'll count the nails later.It has a Fancy Interior tray 3/4 complete with all the bells and whistles,lithographs,latches,clasps inherent in a bridal trunk description (thank you Jim.) It has some unique metal and nail work done under the slat clamps. The leather is in bad shape and crumbles to the touch.(T-man
    I'll see what I can salvage for you.)
    I have another large cross slat that I posted a while ago that could fit inside
    this one.I have my work cut out for me,I"ll post more pics of hardware.And do some research .

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    Comments

    1. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      It has inserts it is all good.
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Drill, that's an awesome trunk indeed. She's definitely a whopper with more fancy hardware than I've seen in a while! That interior is pretty fancy. I would assume that this was high dollar trunk in it's day. I can't wait to see you're finished product. Without a doubt, I know it'll be a killer looking trunk!!
    3. Drill Drill, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the loves guys, Yeah Scott I would think it was top of the food chain, down south.Awesome grain patterns on the southern pine under that decrepit
      leather.It will be a while to get this one right though.It was originally headed for the trash then the people I got it from saved it but I think they were overwhelmed by
      the time and effort to restore. It was the first time I had seen this manufacturers label anywhere. For me it was worth the drive.
    4. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 6 years ago
      Drill, great southern trunk! I've been known to drive several hours for a trunk too... so you're not the only crazy one. The Atlanta Trunk Factory was also on Whitehall St., and there were a couple other trunk companies there, but I lived in Atlanta for many years and still visit some, and I rarely saw or found a trunk there with lots of hardware. As you know, many more of these were made in the mid-west and northeast, so finding one from Atlanta is quite a find. But it does prove there were some nice trunks made in the south also. These can take many hours of work, but well worth the effort. Imagine many years ago when you could see many of these being hauled to the dump!
    5. Drill Drill, 6 years ago
      Thank you for your valued input Marvin. I thought the same thing when I found it,
      A southern trunk I knew that there were not many manufacturers. the south was still rebuilding post civil war and had difficulty getting back on it's feet,Found an article reference for Abe Foot saying that he wanted to manufacture 60,000 trunks by 1895 that's all I could find about the company though. Aged Southern pine under all that
      poor condition leather.I do believe this would be top of the food chain at the time for Southern trunks and fits many of the descriptions of a Bridal Trunk.
    6. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 6 years ago
      Yes, there are Bridal or Bride's Trunks shown in a couple old trunk catalogs I own, and this fits the general description. They were always a very high quality, ornate trunk with a wonderful interior with many compartments. It's very hard to find much information on most of the old trunk companies. Enjoy working on this southern belle.
    7. Drill Drill, 6 years ago
      Thanks Marvin,Missing a few parts but I 'll find, or fabricate them all in good time.I am in no hurry with this one.
    8. Helgafly70, 6 years ago
      I have a trunk from Atlanta Trunk Factory in great condition and I can find absolutely no information about it. Any suggestions?
    9. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 6 years ago
      Helfafly, if you would like to email some pictures of your trunk, I would be glad to see what I could tell you about it. The style, hardware, covering, etc. can tell a great deal about a trunk and it's approximate age. email: Marvin@ThisOldTrunk.com

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