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    Posted 7 years ago

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    This small trunk was likely custom made for a special purpose. It measures only 14" wide, 13" tall, and 11" deep. It has very heavy duty ornate hardware and a very ornate brass lock. The top handle, hardware, and canvas covering are original, but I have relined the interior. The front folds down with hinges on the bottom. It's definitely not made for children and was made very strong. One of my favorite small trunks.

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    1. bjb5859 bjb5859, 7 years ago
      Hey Marvin
      What a great looking small trunk
      Can't help but think this held something quite valuable.
      How many of these small trunks do you have? With every posting
      they just get better,can't wait to see the next one.
      Especially love the brass lock!!
    2. JonB, 7 years ago
      Beautifully incredible built little trunk. Any idea what it could have been used for?
    3. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Thanks Ben, appreciate the comments. Well, I have a few more of various types and will share more pictures later. Yeah, I love that lock too! Thanks.
    4. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Thanks JonB. I wish I knew what it was used for but I really don't know and I'm sure many could take a guess at that!
    5. Drill Drill, 7 years ago
      Wonderful little trunk Marvin.I love the #3 latches/lock( you don't see these very often)I believe that is C.A. Taylor hardware if I'm not mistaken. Most of the trunks that I have seen of this size, with the tilt front on them were sample trunks for displaying goods or salesmen trunks for selling items such as cigars,pens,etc.. This one sure does have some heavy hardware,not sure it would be for that purpose. It's just too nice.
    6. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Thanks Drill! Yes, it does look like Taylor hardware but doesn't have their name on it. I think Taylor was the first to use this design but then the Sessions hardware company started making this style and I know a few other trunk makers used it on some trunks. I think you are right that this was possibly used by some salesman to show or carry a special item... wish I knew what. I think I need to change my name to Trunk Junkie!
    7. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the comments and "loves" everyone!
    8. trunkman trunkman, 7 years ago
      This is a really beautiful trunk Marvin -- incredible to see such a small trunk fully loaded... just great!!!
    9. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Thanks trunkman, I agree it is interesting when you see the smaller size trunks with lots of nice hardware.
    10. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the loves everyone!
    11. gundy03130 gundy03130, 6 years ago
      awesome little trunk! Isn't it part of the fun- guessing the possibilities of what people carried in their trunks ? Oh the possibilities ;)
    12. gundy03130 gundy03130, 6 years ago
      I see you and trunkman are very active on here and have great knowledge. Hoping you two can answer a question for me. What is the best way to get rid of the smell in the trunks? I have bought mine at estate sales and two of them have a horrible smell to them. I got sucked in some where around five months ago when I was given a trunk from a family friend and now I can't quit- on my third trunk now. If this is not the appropriate place to ask advice, I apologize,I am new to this. Thank you for any advice you have.
    13. bjb5859 bjb5859, 6 years ago
      Typically the smell comes from the cloth or paper that lines the trunk.Get rid of that and the trunk will smell better or you can try activated charcoal,this will however take a few weeks and may or may not completely get rid of the odor,but should help.
    14. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 6 years ago
      This is a great little surprise! I've never seen one so small and I wonder if by chance it could be something like a salesman sample??? Interesting.

      What you could do too to get rid of the oder is set a bowl of vinegar in it and leave it for a bit. It won't smell like the vinegar either. You could also do that with a box of baking soda. That might be my first choice really. The same idea as when you put the baking soda in the fridge. It does work as well. Great little trunk!
    15. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 6 years ago
      Thanks gundy, bjb, and shareurpassion, yes it is fun to consider what some of these trunks were used for. I believe there were a good variety of "custom" made trunks for special purposes, such as this. I don't believe it was a salesman's sample but we will probably never know for certain. I also agree that the best way to get rid of odors in trunks is to completely remove the interior lining if possible. It can be dampened with water and removed with a putty knife. But if the old lining is in good condition you might try one of the other ideas, but I have found it very hard to remove or completely cover the odor with the baking soda or sprays. I haven't tried the vinegar but it would be worth a try.
    16. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 5 years ago
      Thanks for visiting Signaholic! You've got some great advertising pieces!

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