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    Posted 6 years ago

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    This is one of 4 trunks I purchased at an Estate/Moving sale this past weekend can anyone tell me anything about it.This is my first time posting on this site,I just came across it last night.

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    1. finder57, 6 years ago
      Any information would be greatly appreciated
    2. Drill Drill, 6 years ago
      It is a cross slat barrel top trunk .Made sometime in the 1880s thru 90s.more than likely. There were many manufacturers of this style of trunk during the time period, hard to know who made it without a label. The lock, however was made by the Star Lock Co. of Phila. There are 4 separate patents for this lock, 2 concern the lock and two the latch.
      C. Liebrich May 1854,
      L. Vitting Feb.26 1867,
      Z. Walsh May 4 1869 ,
      Andy Adams Nov. 8 1870
      This info was passed on to me by Jim Cardoza of HMS trunks, for I have a similar lock on a trunk that I own . It is one of the better brass locks made, as the star rotates to expose the keyhole (hopefully all that paint isn't gumming it up) .Much luck with it,hope this helps.
    3. finder57, 6 years ago
      Thank you Drill for that info I really appreciate it.Do the star have any special significance
    4. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      I think it is safe to restore this one. Looks like you can pretty much do what you want to it. How is the inside? Inserts? Picture inside the lid top?
    5. Drill Drill, 6 years ago
      The Star is what easily identified the lock maker ,Star Lock Works originally formed by Conrad Liebrich(from Germany) in 1836. After his retirement in 1869 his two partners Louis Hillebrand and Daniel Wolf Adopted the Star as the trademark for the company. Almost all of their locks,padlocks included had some form of star on the product.Here is an image of their business card.hope the link works.

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