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    Posted 7 years ago

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    An "oak slat" trunk made in Montreal Canada by McLeod & Shotton trunk manufacturers. The hardware on this trunk is all styles that were patented and made in the United States. The label has the date 1839 which must be the date the company started because this trunk was made in the 1880's to 1890's based on the hardware. I haven't found time to work on this one yet, but looking forward to it! I was very glad the trunk had the original tray with covers too.

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      Wow Marvin, she's definitely a beauty!! How lucky to find this one in such fine condition, interior included!! I have a round top canvas covered trunk with the very same handle end caps and #4 latches. I've always been curious as to what company and where it was manufactured. Could it be the same manufacturer as this one?
      Can't wait to see your finished product.
    2. trunkman trunkman, 7 years ago
      Such a beautiful trunk Marvin.... and the feel of it fits my bevel top. This one is going to look fabulous refinished. So a new maker of oak slat trunks on the list -- apart from the ones we know of have you discovered any other makers of these beauties?
    3. Drill Drill, 7 years ago
      Wonderful Marvin , nice to see that these find their way into the proper hands.
      can't wait to see what you do.
    4. bjb5859 bjb5859, 7 years ago
      Very nice Marvin, Another one for my ,
      "to find list"
    5. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Thanks trunkman, Drill, and bjb! Yes, there was another maker which I believe got into the game on these fairly late, maybe in the 1890's, and that was the Fall River Trunk Company of Fall River, MA. A friend of mine in Boston found one with a label about a year ago. It had newer style hardware and did not have the beaded slats like this. I think a few were made as late as around 1910.
    6. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Thanks everyone for your "loves"!
    7. gundy03130 gundy03130, 7 years ago
      This one is awesome!
    8. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Thanks gundy! I would say I have to agree about the trunk. Have a great weekend!
    9. JonB, 7 years ago

      Of all the trunks that I have seen you do, my favorite is the Brides trunk you had on you site a while ago. This is an amazing trunk and can’t wait to see what you do with it.
    10. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Thanks JonB! I haven't found time to work on it yet because I've very busy restoring some trunks for other people. I hope to get to it in the spring. I think it's a great trunk too. I have just finished a really nice Maier Bride trunk and will have pictures of that on my site soon. Have a great week.
    11. Hamish Hamish, 7 years ago
      What a fantastic thing, absolutely gorgeous interior. So, I have a question from someone who knows nothing about these types of things. If, for a hobby, I wanted to purchase a downtrodden trunk of some kind and restore it, what would be the best type to start with? Considering I don't have much experience with this it would have to be something relatively easy. I see plenty 'Steamer' type trunks, would this be a good starting point? Or are they difficult due to not being wooden? Sorry, you seemed like a good person to ask!
    12. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Hamish, thanks for the comment. There are many fairly simple, basic types of trunks that you could find to start with. I personally try to stay away from trunks that are not wood, which are usually covered with either canvas, paper, or leather. I don't like the trunks covered with the hard vulcanized fiber and there isn't too much you can do with them other than clean them and possibly paint them if desired. A true "steamer trunk" is a style that was short and flat or nearly flat and designed to fit under the bunks / berths on steamships (steamers). Then over time people started calling many larger trunks a steamer trunk. I think starting with a fairly typical canvas or paper covered wood trunk would be the best for most folks, even if you have some refinishing or restoration experience.
    13. Hamish Hamish, 7 years ago
      Thank you very much for the information, much appreciated.
    14. Drill Drill, 7 years ago
      Hey Marvin -1839 Notre Dame street. I believe is the street address, not the start date of the company.
    15. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Hi Drill, yes, you are probably correct about that. Thanks for pointing that out. I don't know when the company got started, but it doesn't really matter to this trunk as it is obviously from the later 1800's. Still haven't gotten to work on it yet, but hopefully in the spring I can.
    16. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the visit and "love" GateKeeper, OMG, and all others, I appreciate it.

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