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    Posted 7 years ago

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    This is a wonderful piece I just picked up on craigslist
    As anyone seen latches like these before or wheel hardware as big as legs.A rounded bottom as well as top .Also covered in leather with really nice nail patterns.
    No makers label or patent dates .I'm thinking Pre 1870 .Any Ideas???
    36x22x26 high

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    1. Drill Drill, 7 years ago
      That is a fantastic round top. I have seen the latch hardware once before,as well as the lock.There are definitely Patents for it. I always clean the hardware up a bit,that sometimes exposes the or numbers.A Magnifying glass helps too.I have also found after removing some hardware that many times the patent date is on the underside of the hardware.Sometimes you can find dates on the back of the lock hardware (latch portion) if exposed in the cutout.
      That one would be worth trying to find out the Maker. Jim Cardoza or Marvin Miller would know best. Incidentally Jim of HMS trunks -website has added tons of trunk labels and Info. If you haven't looked for a while it's well worth the visit.
    2. bjb5859 bjb5859, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the info Drill
    3. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Hi Ben, beautiful trunk! I really love these more unusual trunks and those tack designs. The trunk is early 1870's because the cast metal slat clamps are an 1871 patent and the latches are early 1870's also. I'm pretty sure I have the patent file on those latches and will check and send to you. While many of the latches and hardware do have patent dates, some do not. The trunk looks like it has very nice thick wood which will be beautiful. I'm sure it will be a fabulous trunk when you're done with it.
    4. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Ben, I've been searching my patent files and studying your trunk. I do have some patent information to send you and I also believe there is a very strong possibility that your trunk was made by the Romadka Bros Trunk Company of Milwaukee, WI. There are several reasons I believe that based on the hardware and the way the trunk is made. They made excellent trunks but very few people know about them. Some of the best trunks I've had were Romadka trunks.
    5. bjb5859 bjb5859, 7 years ago
      Thanks so much for the info Marvin
      Greatly Appreciated
    6. greendog greendog, 2 years ago
      Not sure how I missed this one but this is an awesome trunk Ben, very nice early Romadka Brothers.
    7. bjb5859 bjb5859, 2 years ago
      Thanks Greendog
      Go to Jims site,completed trunks
      7th trunk down ,traded the romadka for a very nice Martin Maier
      that I have not gotten to yet
    8. greendog greendog, 2 years ago
      ok Ben Thanks.
    9. Drill Drill, 2 years ago
      A few Romadka patents that apply.
    10. Drill Drill, 2 years ago
      possible latch patent
    11. Drill Drill, 2 years ago
    12. Drill Drill, 2 years ago
      Thomas Rivers 1870 corners hope it posts
    13. bjb5859 bjb5859, 2 years ago
      Thanks Drill for the patents
    14. Drill Drill, 2 years ago
      I apologize for my previous posts Ben . (Feel free to edit or delete as you see fit as I can not). Only one of the previously above posted patents are what I had intended.For some strange reason other irrelevant patents (not for this trunk) are posting instead. I'll now try again in an effort to share information with others , hoping these will now post correctly.Again sorry for any confusion.
      Thomas Rivers 1870 corner patent.

      Romadka latch 1873

      and Romadka lid support 1873

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