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    Posted 6 years ago

    trunkman
    (142 items)

    A beautiful Kuntzendorf dresser trunk circa 1901. A lovely front opening dresser trunk with fabulous handles and original red interior. The hardware on this trunk is fabulous. I had been looking for a dresser trunk to round out my collection for about 4 years -- just could never seem to find one in my area. I was out of town on a conference and found this one for sale. The veneer on the top had lifted off and two parts were painted with a black stain. I gave it a red mahogany finish to compliment the red trim and red interior. Very pleased with the result... enjoy!

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    Comments

    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      FAB+BEAUTIFUL-STUNNING JOB!!!
    2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      =STUNNING!!!!
    3. toolate2 toolate2, 6 years ago
      Wow!

    4. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Thanks Sean and toolate2 for the fun comments!!
    5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      your very welcome trunkman!!!!!!!
    6. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Thanks racer4four, Roycroftbooksfromme1, vetraio50, toolate2, aghcollect, Manikin, kyratango, Devilchild and SEAN68 for the loves...
    7. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 6 years ago
      Very interesting ...
    8. JonB, 6 years ago
      Love the style and beveled top drawer. A nice addition to your already amazing collecion
    9. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Wow T-man!! Very awesome indeed! As usual, you did an amazing job on this one. She's a beauty!!
    10. myoldkyhome myoldkyhome, 6 years ago
      Love it!!! Absolutely beautiful!!
    11. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Thanks eye, jscott, JonB and myoldkyhome for the lovely comments...
    12. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Thanks walksoftly, blunderbuss2, Alan2310, myoldkyhome, jscott0363, mikelv85 JonB, and eye4beauty for the loves...
    13. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Thanks Radegunder, rocker-sd, bjb5859, TheGateKeeper and Trey for the love.
    14. Trey Trey, 6 years ago
      Love the metal latches and design:)
    15. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Thanks Trey -- they really came out nice....
    16. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      I have refinished a lot of trunks and I must say I ammost pleased with this result -- probably in part because of how bad the veneer looked all rumpled and lifted off -- and the black stain on top and one side that made the exterior look hideous. I took a big risk with the red stain -- one of those moments when I put it on and thought -- "crap - big mistake" -- but I told myself to wait till it was all done because I felt the overall effect with the hardware would work. voila!
    17. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 6 years ago
      If this had provenance, how would it read ?
    18. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      To me it looks like the property of some russian Czar or perhaps some famed theatrical persona... or maybe just widow Dunsbury who lived on Old Orchard ave.
      What do you think eye when you see it...
    19. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 6 years ago
      Well, your title directs me ...
    20. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      So 1901 really hits you eh?.... thought it would :)
    21. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 6 years ago
      Theatrical ... Oh my, and yes 1901 ...

      How many of these would be circulating then ?
    22. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Not many of these were made -- too expensive -- and this model and maker -- haven't seen another. Theatrical trunks are out there but it took me four years of waiting for one to come up -- unless you go the ebay route -- so in general they are rare.
    23. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 6 years ago
      So, if theatrical, a headliner for sure ?
    24. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Well -- one would hope... someone who travelled alot and had cash -- so there is an "odds on" probability...
    25. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 6 years ago
      Company records of mfg. ?
    26. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Meh -- just like looking at the trunk -- research is not my bag really -- and I doubt one would find sales records...
    27. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 6 years ago
      Oh ... cool .... Then the story begins ?
    28. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      That's right... blank slate -- I think I shall start with Widow Dunsbury who had a fabulous imagination... and a granddaughter ballerina... who one day....
    29. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 6 years ago
      Because this is exactly like the one my great grandmother travelled with during ... Hmmm ... I think it was the mid 1920's ... She actually was the second owner ...
    30. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 6 years ago
      Lol ... I told you to. call me first so we could get the story straight !!!!
    31. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 6 years ago
      Are we going with the widow version or the grandmother ?????
    32. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 6 years ago
      Oh wait ... my mom just called and says my great-grandmother's was Donsbury ...
    33. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      now we are on track.... wish I had more time....
      but for now.... her granddaughter danced for a famous dance company in New York... (your grandmother) ---
    34. Drill Drill, 6 years ago
      http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US689824-0.png


      Hey T-man ,great trunk. Just got back from Captiva Island and this trunk was what I saw 1st after being of the grid for 10 days (soaking up the sun).Great job.
      Charles A Kuntzendorf & Co. was located on W. Van Buren St. Chicago Ill. Across the street from Adams trunk Co. in 1918.
      He had patents in 1911 for wardrobe trunk display racks
      and Garment holders and hooks in 1912. He does not hold the patent for this dresser trunk as far as I can tell.
      The patent for this dresser trunk is patent no.689,824
      Dec. 24 1901 by F.V. Lundbeck
      Application filed June 11, 1901 hope this helps.
    35. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 6 years ago
      Man of trunks, i can't continue the story because of the scandal that ensued regarding the letter that was left inside ...
    36. Drill Drill, 6 years ago
      Hey T-man just wondering if the bottom drawer opens out as F.V. Lundbreck's patent picture shows. Why else would you need a latch lock at this bottom location?
    37. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
      Fantastic! love it ....
    38. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Thanks ozmarty -- she is a beaut!
    39. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Thanks ozmarty, Sunnybrook, Drill, bjb5859 and fbninc for the love.
    40. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      One year later -- Drill -- the bottom does pull out...

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