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    Posted 5 years ago

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    I'm only allowed 4 photos so you can't see the part where you can store your hat (I guess?)
    Just bought this beautiful old chest for $15!! I can't believe how clean the interior is. I've been looking online but have not been able to find anything else like this. I haven't seen any at all with the side panel tie-down areas. Just curious if anyone has any knowledge about a trunk like this. Thanks!

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    1. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      Interesting high end interior reminiscent of Loius Vuitton -- are there any markings or labels on it?
    2. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      Looks like it could be a French made trunk -- those corners and edging I suspect may be vellum..
    3. creilly69, 5 years ago
      Wow that is beautiful! Fifteen Dollars !! Awesome
    4. subiedoo, 5 years ago
      Yes, the inside does look like some of the LV trunks I've seen, but the only marking is a metal label for the lock company, Rangnow and Hall, and a small plate on the removable hat panel (I guess) with the date 1909.
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      That is a wonderful trunk. I agree with trunkman that this is very reminiscent of the French made trunks, especially the interior. Really beautiful trunk!
    6. Drill Drill, 5 years ago

      This is the patent for Otto Rangnow's wardrobe trunk some of the hardware such as the lid corner guides, handle, corner binding and design features like the slats beveled and tucked into the slats are similar.The trunk co. operated out of Phila. for many years and had many trunk patents to numerous to list.
      This trunk is not a true wardrobe trunk ,but does have many of it's features.All of the hardware on this trunk is an American.The trunk has the style of French interior, which was very common to the time. I will search for some of the other patents. hope this helps. much luck great find ,and thanks for the post.
    7. Drill Drill, 5 years ago

      Here is the trunk lid guide patent
      Here is Otto Rangnow's hat trunk patents. American manufacturers were than
      capable in achieving the french look.
    8. Tinamaria, 5 years ago
      WOW what a find - very cool piece to display
    9. subiedoo, 5 years ago
      Wow-thank you, Drill! There are block print letters in red that appear painted on: GROW Lebanon N.H. There are also several stickers on the outside. One of them reads, "Faberline Not Wanted-Hold"
      I am in Vermont so it doesn't seem to have traveled too far (lately) if the original owner was in New Hampshire.
    10. Drill Drill, 5 years ago

      Here are hard to read two advertisements late 1897 the ship had lines that
      generally sailed from Napoli, Italy and also France and other ports along the Mediterranean sea , To New York ports , Providence
      etc. And returning trips from same.

      The term- Not wanted Hold- meant that it was unneeded in the cabin of the ship
      and could be stowed below deck yet accessable.This was very common at the time period and still is. Hope this helps.

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