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A large alternating Slat Trunk, Martin Maier?

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    Posted 8 years ago

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    This is one of my very favorite trunks! But it's so hard to pick a favorite when there are so many beautiful and interesting trunks. I bought it about 3 years ago from an old retired lady up near the Michigan border and she said the story from her family was that it was custom made for someone in her family. It's very possible that it was made by Martin Maier in Detroit, MI because they had specialized in this alternating wood style trunk. But I know it could have been custom made by another trunk maker. Anyway, it's very large and strong, almost 42" long, 27" tall, and 22 1/2" wide. The heavy leather handles are even original. I cleaned the wood good and cleaned a little rust off the metal and repainted that. The wood is beautiful with lots of interesting grain. I researched the wood and believe it is made from golden elm and black elm from Michigan. Many trunk makers of the late 1800's to mid 1900s used elm from Michigan for their trunk slats. Most people think the slats are oak, but the fact is that elm was used most of the time, and then ash, and a little bit of oak. But the golden elm looks a lot like oak and so it's easily confused. Elm has a really beautiful and swirly grain in some boards, which you can see on the slats on this trunk. This trunk is not stained and the colors are natural with some clear tung oil varnish applied. The hardware, lock, hasp, rollers, etc. are all original. There is a nice tray with the trunk too, which is great in such a large trunk. Check out the bottom of the trunk which is just as beautiful as the top! I enjoy using this trunk as my computer table right now. Thanks for looking. Marvin

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 8 years ago
      TrunkerMarvin, only one word comes to mind and that's WOW!!! This is absolutely incredible, to say the least!!
    2. bjb5859 bjb5859, 8 years ago
      Marvin,Gorgeous trunk!!!
    3. KathyKay, 8 years ago
      Beautiful trunk, I can understand why this is at the top of the list of favorite trunks.
    4. Drill Drill, 8 years ago
      Wonderful post Marvin,everyone above said it all.Sweet!
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Think all the appropriate words I would have used have been used, so will just say thanks for sharing with us.
    6. myoldkyhome myoldkyhome, 8 years ago
      Amazing trunk!! I've never seen one like this. Thanks so much for sharing!
    7. trunkingforfun, 8 years ago
      Wow, this is the best. Glad to know that about elm. Thanks, again, Trunker.
    8. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Clearly the hand of a master craftsman... what a beautiful trunk Marvin.... top of the pecking order of trunks!!!!
    9. inky inky, 8 years ago
    10. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 8 years ago
      Thanks everyone for the Loves and comments!
    11. SherwoodTrunks SherwoodTrunks, 8 years ago
    12. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 8 years ago
      Thanks CindB and SherwoodTrunks. It is definitely a keeper for me. Plus the flat top makes it very useful! Marvin
    13. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 8 years ago
      Thanks Sean68, always appreciated!
    14. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      Your very welcome TrunkerMarvin!!!

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