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trunkman's loves896 of 4166Trunk found in oz, maxem, per Anthony border security carrying serviceOld family trunk
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    Posted 5 years ago

    bmcmanus
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    Hi! This is the trunk that sat at the end of the hall at my grandma's house for as long as I can remember. I love this trunk but I've always wondered how old and where it came from.

    It only has one remaining leather handle and unfortunately I don't have the key. It does have the inner shelf and is fully lined. I also love the portrait on the inside lid! Why were pictures added to the inside of trunks? There are also old metal wheels on the bottom of the trunk.

    Thanks!

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    Comments

    1. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      This lovely trunk was made around the mid to late 1890's. Without a maker's label its hard to know where it originated... just so much makers making these at the time throughout the country. I will say that the exterior is unusual -- is it covered with painted tin? Don't recall seeing tin painted in this manner -- unique! The lithographs on the interior where for pure aesthetic purposes... just a nice picture to greet you when you opened it up. Nice example of a dome-top trunk in great shape.
    2. bmcmanus, 5 years ago
      Thank you trunkman! The outside isn't tin but looks like a painted threaded textile.
    3. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      Does the covering feel thin like canvas or thicker in texture like carpet? Either way this is a rare type of covering for a trunk. I would think it is carpet covered --

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