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Cross Slat Trunk (pat. Mar. 1880)

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    Posted 10 years ago

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    Just found this cross slat (camel back) trunk at a garage sale. It is embossed with a "sunflower" pattern. Don't know much about it, but I can see that it needs some love. It has so much history behind it, that I haven't even dusted it off yet! Unfortunatly, there is only one significant marking "34 NO. T. `on the middle slat underneath it. Other than that there are no significant markings, no manufacturer and no locations.

    I saw a similar trunk posted by Officialfuel. His is awesome. If you like mine you'll love his. Send your feedback.

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    1. officialfuel officialfuel, 10 years ago
      Thank you dshipes1 for the compliment! :-)
    2. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 10 years ago
      Nice looking embossed metal trunk. Yes, it's the 1880 patented cross slat style, but the front latches and embossed metal were patented later in the 1880's and most of these trunks were actually made in the 1890s to about 1915. I have a 1909 and 1913 trunk maker catalog that show this type for sale. It was a popular style made by many companies and for a long time. Yours is in very nice complete condition with the inside tray. You might measure the width of the trunk because the numbers on the bottom were usually the size, such as 34", and the model which depended on the maker. Many trunks do not have any label or makers name on them because they would sell them by the train car load to furniture and luggage stores that would sometimes put their own store label on them, or just none at all. Many trunk companies made this style trunk and there were a couple dozen or more different embossed designs. They made these in sizes from about 24" wide up to 36 or 38" wide.
    3. mrsmaziarz mrsmaziarz, 10 years ago
      I also have a round top slatted trunk similar to yours(but mine is in very bad condition) that I also got at a yardsale...yours is beautiful.

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