Posted 6 years ago
Hello CW Friends!!
I found this lovely Sole Leather trunk a couple of weeks ago and couldn't pass this one up. It's constructed of 90% leather, with the exception of the steel bands that give the trunk it's shape and the wood frame around the lip of the trunk lid. Other than that, mostly leather construction.
It's from around 1900-1910 period and in pristine condition. 1910 was about the last year any Sole Leather trunks were manufactured. The handles are both complete and intact (notice the beautiful tooling on the handle caps) and even the lid lift is in near perfect condition. The leather handles and lid lift are most always deteriorated and missing. Though the leather securing straps are partially broken and missing, it doesn't seem to take away from it's appearance.
The lock is a solid brass Corbin lock. I even found a couple of keys for this one and the lock still operates beautifully, after a bit of oiling. Lots of beautiful copper rivets and the corner hardware is nickle plated.
All that was required for this one was to clean out the interior, saddle soap and condition the exterior and give it a good buffing. It's rather large 38" long and 21" tall.
I'll post the interior in part two of this post. Thanks for stopping to have a look!