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    Posted 6 years ago

    Kburgan
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    Someone had this baby piled up in the junk pile for trash pick up. I instantly loved it and wanted to reacue it. I cleaned it up but nothing else to keep it as original as possible. I kinda want know the value of it, the era it was made in, ect. If anyone knows that would be great for me:)

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Kburgan,
      That's a packing trunk from the 1880' to early 1890's. It was once canvas covered, which was the norm for these trunks. It looks to be pretty solid. Believe it or not, this trunk probably sold new for $8.00 to $12.00 back then. I'm not sure how large this one is, but they were available in several different sizes.
      I have one almost identical that I restored a few years back. My packing trunk is 42" long. You might want to see what this looked like with it's canvas covering.
      Thanks for sharing with us!!
      Scott
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Oops!! Forgot to add the link to my packing trunk.
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/141435-my-big-brown-flat-top-trunk

      Enjoy!!
      Scott
    3. Kburgan, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the info and the confirmation, I told my husband it must have once been covered in canvas or fabric. Some of the edges still have pieces of ripped canvas on it! Ours is 34.5" long. It is very solid and water proof too. Is that common for that era?
    4. Kburgan, 6 years ago
      I love your trunk too!
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Yes, it was common. These saw a lot of steamship and railroad travel, so there was always the possibility of the trunk getting wet. I'll also add that a lot of folks refer to every trunk as a "Steamer Trunk". There was only one style of trunk that was called a "Steamer Trunk". It looked just like yours only shorter in height (about 12' to 13" tall). They were called Steamer trunks because the were made to slide easily into the berth of the steamships.
      I'm glad you like my packing trunk. Happy New Year to you and your family!!
      Scott

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