Posted 6 years ago
Hope someone can help?
We bought this trunk in France this summer and just love it. The leather covering the trunk as been through the wars; the central sections of leather are either missing and/or sections have been painted which is a shame. The remaining covering has a fair amount of staining where someone has put there mug of tea/coffee on it! but to be honest it kind of adds to the charm.
The wood banding is all there and in pretty good condition, as are the brass fixings and locks and it still opens and closes
Which leads to my first of a number of questions
It measures L92cm W55cm D33cm would this make it a steamer trunk?
The maker of the trunk? It has RNA Paris stamped into the brass (see the 2nd photo), we cannot find any info on this, does anyone else, or can anyone point us in the right direction (or have an idea of age)
The locks are stamped with Surete, which I think are the lock makers name.
Lastly we were thinking of restoring certainly the top mid sections ourselves (last photo), but don't know how to go about getting rid of the paint, any suggestions? or would you go to a specialist? What about the rest of it, would a go over (to the leather), with saddle soap at home do the trick?
Any help and guidance would be appreciated