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Trunks1103 of 2631Early 1800's Soft Top Leather Stagecoach Trunk Part OneLangmuir luggage made in Canada.
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    Posted 6 years ago

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    Found this very heavy trunk the other day. It looks like someone took an electric saw to this trunk. Not sure the what the age of this trunk would be. Anyone know the age of this trunk?

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    1. greendog greendog, 6 years ago
      hard to tell from pictures but looks like a bevel top trunk, I would say 1885 to 1895, looks like someone made a vcr/tv stand out of it, cut out front and hole in back for power cord, Could be fixed. You don't see as many bevel top's as you do flat or round top's, it has some nice hardware on it, would be a nice trunk fixed up. I have a bevel top made by Chas T. Wilt from Chicago.
    2. greendog greendog, 6 years ago
      P.S. didn't notice before but very cool bottom corner rollers.
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      I totally agree with greendog on the age of this one. And I love the corner hardware as well. Too bad that someone cut into the=is lovely bevel top.
    4. charmsomeone charmsomeone, 6 years ago
      Hi greendog any tips on how to restore this trunk? thank you.
    5. charmsomeone charmsomeone, 6 years ago
      jscotto363 thanks for the comment. Hope to get it looking nice sometime soon.
    6. greendog greendog, 6 years ago
      Hey charmsomeone, first thing looks like there are some boards or blocks of wood on the inside back those would come out , probably put in buy last owner, then I would clean all metal on the outside of the trunk. I have been using an abrasive nylon cup brush and a drill I start with coarse grit it also cleans wood really good. once the outside is cleaned to your satisfaction, clean the inside buy spraying it down with a water and fabric softener half and half mix, let set for a bit and scrap out with putty knife continue until all paper is gone. Sense the front is cut out, cut off all canvas by carefully cutting as close to all metal and wood with an x-acto blade just deep enough to Remove all canvas, there may be old glue residue, you can sand it off or use murphys oil soap and water and soft brush. After all of that remove your inside tray rails and cut a 1/4 inch thick piece of plywood exactly the same size as the inside lower part of your trunk to cover the hole glue it on the inside with wood glue, this is your backer board now you have to find a good pine filler board the same thickness as the trunk wall and glue in from the front, this must be a tight fit. Looks like you have two wood slats to replace in front also, If you can do all that give her a light sanding and stain of your choice inside and out and clear coat,two or three coats and your good. Sounds easy right ?
    7. greendog greendog, 6 years ago
      I don't know how handy you are with tools and this type of work, this trunk requires some TLC to bring it back, break it down into steps, I try to work from dirty job to clean job, Start with cleaning metal work to final sanding, take your time, the hard part will be plugging the holes and making it look like it was never cut out. I wish you good luck! and hope to see it when your done.
    8. charmsomeone charmsomeone, 6 years ago
      Hi greendog thank you for the tips on how to go about things. I am not that handy with tools, I did a 12 week course on woodworking. I have a friend that is very good at fixing things. Maybe he could help me on this project.
    9. greendog greendog, 6 years ago
      That's great, if he can help you with the cutting of the wood parts, I think you will do just fine.
    10. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      I would be tempted to cut out the exact size hole from the back and match it to the front and patch the back -- no one looks at the back of trunks....

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