Posted 6 years ago
JonB. Your trunk was patented on Sept. 6 1898 by B.T.. Smith & A.E. Baker. I have seen a few of these and they are all pretty faithful to the patent. The hardware differs on them, and that is not an unusual thing with trunk makers. Sometime I truly believe that the worker putting on the hardware choose whatever was closest, or what they had on hand. Here are some pictures of one i found a few years back along with the patent. This trunk had the patent date stamped inside it, so it made locating the patent a little easier. Your trunk is in very nice original condition and it appears to be complete. Have fun with it.