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    Posted 7 years ago

    TrunkerMar…
    (32 items)

    I found this trunk up in northern Vermont quite a few years ago and it's always been a favorite. It's leather covered and has iron edge banding and lots of the brass "buttons". The rolled leather handle is original and in good condition. The interior is cloth lined in an early floral print, also original. The lock is an early hand forged style with the large barrel key, which was used in the 1850's to 1860's. I don't know if this was a hat trunk or just a small "hand trunk" for carrying items for a short trip. Either way I think it's very interesting. It's 14" wide and 12" tall. I've treated the leather with a good mink oil polish, but it does show it's age some. Thanks!

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      Marvin, I love this one!! These have became my favorite size and style of trunk, over the years. I've never seen a trunk of this size with so many brass buttons. Not only is this a great looking trunk, but very unique as well.
    2. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Thanks jscotto! I like the unusual and unique trunks also, especially when they're small. You've got quite a few great ones too.
    3. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      I appreciate the "loves" everyone!
    4. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Wonderful! Do you think this was made somewhere near where you live or another country?
    5. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Thanks Elisabethan, I'm pretty certain the trunk is American made and possibly in Vermont. It came from an old home in Vermont and based on research I've done, there were several trunk makers in Vermont in the early 1850's. The brass studs were used on many American trunks during the mid 1800's.
    6. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the loves racer4four, fatboy64, Elisabethan, walksoftly, and others!!
    7. trunkman trunkman, 7 years ago
      Such a beautiful piece!!!
    8. Drill Drill, 7 years ago
      Very nice piece Marvin ,I love this raised center style of brass button.I was wondering if you have seen the buttons where the center comes more to a point,those are my real favorites.The interior hinge straps are neat too.
    9. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Thanks Trunkman and Drill! These are fairly large style brass buttons. I've seen some larger but not too often. I've seen several styles including a couple of the very early solid cast brass types and some brass filled with lead types. I like the tall ones and pointed type a lot too.

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