Posted 5 years ago
Hello CW friends!!!!!
Here is my Searles & Edge tooled leather covered hat trunk. I've been trying to buy this trunk for the last 4 years. Yes, the last 4 years!!! It belonged to my cousin Donnie who incidentally was the person responsible for getting me hooked on trunks in the first place.
Unfortunately, my dear cousin Donnie passed away recently. His wife Joy decided to sell this trunk to me since I was Donnie's trunking buddy.
It's made by Searles & Edge , No. 24 Main Street, Lexington, KY. I believe this one was made around the 1850 period, based on the lock and all the style of the thick brass buttons. I have no further information on this trunk maker other than that.
The trunk is covered in heavily tooled leather and highly decorated with heavy brass buttons. I love the deep tooled leather pattern that is on all sides of this trunk. For it's age, it's still in fairly nice condition and it still has it's original key and the lock works great!!
Though the handle is broken and missing, it's still quite a beautiful trunk and I feel honored to own it now. Especially knowing the last owner so very well. I'm certain that Donnie would approve of me having this one in my possession now. It'll be well taken care of for certain!!
I'll show the interior in my next post.
Thanks for stopping by and having a look!!