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    Posted 6 years ago

    jscott0363
    (473 items)

    I found this little steamer trunk at a local flea market a couple of years ago. It looked pretty bad when I found it (as you can see in the last picture) and I was very reluctant about buying it. But, it was a pretty solid trunk, regardless of it's appearance. For $10, I became it's newest owner. I'm thinking this could have been an old military trunk at one time or another. But, with the fancy lock and the lithograph inside the lid, I'm not too sure about that.

    I stripped it down and replaced the rotted canvas covering and all of the severely rusted metal binding with leather binding. Cleaned and repainted the hardware (very heavy cast iron corners), replaced the handles and the rusted tin on the bottom of the trunk. I thought the lock was very interesting looking. It's the first lock of this type I'd ever seen.

    I stripped out the interior and relined it, using what was remaining of the original lithograph that I was able to salvage. I did not build a replacement tray for this one. I would not call this a restoration, but a repurposed trunk.
    Anyway, I didn't think it turned too terribly bad. My son keeps his Xbox games in it. It works great for that.

    Thanks for looking!!
    Scott

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    Comments

    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Well, thank you Pat and for the love as well!!!
    2. Jewels Jewels, 6 years ago
      Really great Scott! I'm impressed, I do not have the patience to go through that process--wish I did :)
    3. pops52 pops52, 6 years ago
      What a great job you did on this Scott, beautiful trunk!
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thank you Julie!! It's my way of disconnecting from work in the evenings and on the weekends. Best therapy money can buy:)
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thank you pops!! I really do appreciate the nice compliment:)
    6. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks very much for the loves
      Pat
      Julie
      pops
      aghcollect
      I do appreciate them very much!!
    7. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Can hardly tell one from the other you did such a superb job! What a wonderful lock this one has, totally worth the effort on that front alone. I can't fathom going to such lengths - but the results are fabulous!!
    8. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thank you T-man!! I do truly appreciate the comment!
    9. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the loves
      trunkman
      JonB
      petey
      and
      racer4four
      I do appreciate it very much!
    10. Drill Drill, 6 years ago
      Nice Job Scott, love the red color of this one and the lock has a very cool style to it.
    11. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks Drill!! I do appreciate the kind comment very much. The lock is one of my favorite things about this trunk. I've yet to see another like this lock. I've always wondered if it's a European trunk?
    12. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 6 years ago
      Hello jscott, congrats!!
      I think that you did an equisite work in it, you are an artist.
      Many thanks for share!!
    13. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Well, thank you so much Virginia!! I really do appreciate that. I've never thought of, or considered, myself an artist. So, thank you so much!!
    14. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 6 years ago
      Can understand jscott but yes you are an artist.
      You are using a technique and your creativity is immense.
      It is gratifying to know that there are still people who perform these beautiful works.
      Thanks to you!!
    15. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thank you Virginia!! I'm speechless!!
    16. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      great job!!! beautiful!!!
    17. myoldkyhome myoldkyhome, 6 years ago
      Very impressive work! It looks great!
    18. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thank you myoldkyhome!! And for the love!!
    19. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thank you Sean for the kind comment and the love!!
    20. Drill Drill, 6 years ago
      I don't think that the european manufacturers were using taylor bolt #1 for the latches. The lift hardware is american and quite common as well, from what I can tell. I have seen that lock a few times before only on larger trunks ,it sure is a nice one though.
    21. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks Drill!!
    22. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the love officialfuel!! I do appreciate it very much!
    23. FatBoy64, 6 years ago
      Wow, nice transformation.
    24. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the nice compliment FatBoy64!! Thanks for the love as well!!
    25. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 6 years ago
      Beautiful job, excellent work! Enjoy your trunk!
    26. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thank you TrunkerMarvin!! I do appreciate the kind words and the love!!
    27. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Thank you Cindy!! Glad you like it:)
    28. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      I would surely adopt it, stunning result you obtained!
    29. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Well thank you kyra!! That's really kind of you. And thanks for the love as well!!
    30. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks Caperkid for the love and for stopping by. Much appreciated!!
    31. Pcristinac12, 2 months ago
      So beautiful lovely job!
    32. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      Thank you Pcristinac12!!!

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