Posted 6 years ago
I picked this up a few weeks ago. I had seen a very grainy picture on CL for a few days and finally took a really good look. Instantly I called and set up a date to look at / buy it. I met the gentleman at his storage facility and we attempted to gain access. They had changed the hours of the facility , what storage company closes at 4:00 on a weekday? We met the next day and I am now the happy owner of a Martin Maier in need of some TLC. There is only one problem being the owner, where oh where do I find missing hardware. Please let me know if you are hoarding a top and bottom piece however; I expect if you are hoarding it, you will never let anyone know. The next problem, I do not know the name of the lock and because of that cannot even do a decent search. I have seen two of these exact trunks and they both have the same lock, last posted picture. It is the same one I have on the bureau trunk posted about 75 trunks before this one.
Looking at Martin Maier, I have a theory and please tell me if I am right or wrong. It seems like the older Maier hinges are cast on the back and the sides with their signature hinge design. As the trunks get newer they have the signature part of the hinge on the back but not on the sides. Just a theory.
Another question for the room, When did they quick making Martin Maier trunks? I have read all the articles on this site about MM and looked at the eight MM trunks on here however I found articles that said the company lasted longer than I thought. Because of this I have no idea what timeframe this trunk was made.
MM trunk CO selling trunks in 1915
MM involved in a 1923 lawsuit
Lastly in 1923
Having said all of this, I need to quit collecting and start refinishing. Hope you all have a good day.