Posted 6 years ago
Hello! I am trying to find out more about this trunk. It was given to me by a family friend and I have looked around trying to find similar items but haven't quite found something like it. It has steel straps and a steel lock with what appears to be brass tacks. It has been refinished on the outside but not on the inside. It is rather rough on the inside and missing the tray that sits inside. If anyone knows more about the history, style, maker, or year of this trunk it would be greatly appreciated!
From my research I would guess that this is a Jenny Lind bread loaf trunk, however I'm not quite sure what that means. I read that Jenny Lind was a designer who came over to america in the late 1800's and introduced this style of trunk. However, the style was copied by others and I don't know whether those copies are still "Jenny Lind trunks". What exactly qualifies a trunk as a Jenny Lind trunk?
One thing I noticed is that this trunk has slats on the top which I haven't seen on many of the Jenny Lind trunks I looked up. If it was a true stagecoach trunk from the late 1800's would it still have the slats? I had thought those were added to protect the trunks from being damaged on trains but wasn't sure if they were used for stagecoaches since I'm assuming that they wouldn't require as much protection as being bumped and tossed on a train. However, I know that the ones designed for trains tended to be the flat top type since they fit better stacked together than rounded top ones. Does anyone know the timeline of the shape and style changes and how to identify this trunk?
Any information would be greatly appreciated!