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Early 1800's Soft Top Leather Stagecoach Trunk Part One

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Trunks809 of 2340Early 1800's Soft Top Leather Stagecoach Trunk Part TwoOld looking trunk. Needs some TLC.
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    Posted 3 years ago

    jscott0363
    (423 items)

    Hello fellow collectors!!!!

    This is a very early 1800's leather soft top stagecoach trunk from my collection. It has a wood base covered in thick leather. There is an access door inside the lid that was designed to stuff your laundry in. When you filled this compartment with laundry, or other articles of clothing, it created a nice soft seat for you to sit on while waiting for your stagecoach to arrive.

    This one has lots of beautiful brass tack designs on all sides and even has the original owners initials "T.M.K." on one end. The lock and hasp were all hand wrought in a blacksmith shop back then. The brass keyhole cover is broken, but I'll overlook that.

    The original handles and securing straps are still intact. The leather securing straps have been shortened by someone previously, probably due to dry rot.

    I worked with this trunk for quite a while to restore the leather. The result wasn't bad. Though there is a place on the front of the soft top that had separated from the trunk, it's still in pretty nice condition to be 200 years old. Most of these soft top trunks have deteriorated and are no longer around. So, the soft top trunks that are left today are considered extremely rare. I'm thrilled to have one in my collection!

    I'll post the interior in the next post. Thanks for stopping in to have a look!!

    Scott

    Comments

    1. greendog greendog, 3 years ago
      Awesome trunk Scotty, leather looks great for it's age, good job on that. Never seen one before, don't you wish trunks could talk ?.
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 3 years ago
      Geepers, your stuff just gets better and better!
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      greendog,
      Thanks friend!! It was in pretty rough condition when I got it. Went thru 16 oz of leather rejuvenator to get it looking this good. I wish all my trunks could talk.
      trunkman posted one similar a few years ago, only his is quite bit nicer than this one.
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/65151-antique-leather-soft-top-trunk-late-1700
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Bonnie,
      That's a really wonderful compliment and I do thank you very much!!!
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks for the loves

      Thomas

      Bonnie

      and

      greendog

      And thanks for stopping in. Many thanks!
    6. pops52 pops52, 3 years ago
      Great trunk Scott!
    7. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Pops,
      Thanks very much friend!!! Thanks for the appreciation and for always stopping in.
    8. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      ho2cultcha,
      Thanks for the love and for stopping by. I do appreciate it!
    9. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Very beautiful trunk Scott!!!
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Judy,
      Thank you!! This one was a more of a challenge than others I've done. But, very rewarding in the end.
    11. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks for the loves and for stopping in

      Michael

      fortapache

      Roy

      Drill

      fleafinder

      vetraio

      Mike

      Melanie

      and

      Judy

      Many thanks to you all!!!
    12. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 3 years ago
      It looks real good! :-)
    13. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      That is something real special.
    14. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      For sure, very special!

      I'm always amazed to see such antiques being really used pass the centuries in good condition.

      Congratulations for this one and your work on it!
    15. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      PostCardCollector,
      Thank you so very much! Very kind of you.
    16. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      fortapache,
      It's one of the oldest and favorites in my collection. Thanks very much!!!!
    17. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Kyra,
      Thank you!! I was a bit fearful that I wouldn't be able successful at bringing this one back to life again. So happy with the final results. The leather softened and came back to shape better than I had expected.
    18. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks so much for the loves and for stopping by

      Rob

      PostCardCollector

      and

      Kyra

      I do appreciate you all!!!
    19. Drill Drill, 3 years ago
      Awesome job at bring her back.
    20. trunkman trunkman, 3 years ago
      Js this is awesome... how you can revive the leather... geesh... thanks for the spot on mine -- I was about to say that mine is about the same as yours in condition and appearance... so nice this...
    21. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Drill,
      Thanks friend!! I always appreciate your comments and appreciations. This one was a challenge, to say the least.
    22. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      trunkamn,
      Thanks so very much for the compliment!! I've tried many leather restoring products and I always end up going back to Leather Rejuvenator. It's a long and tedious process, if you follow the steps, but it does the best job of all. I always finish with an application of mink oil and a good buffing. Many thanks!!!
    23. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks very much for the loves

      Rob

      NevadaBlades

      myoldkyhome

      and

      Drill

      Thanks also for stopping by. Many thanks to you all!!
    24. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Oroy,
      Thanks very much for the appreciation my friend!! Much appreciated!!!
    25. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
      Another winner Scott! I can't wait to see the interior!
    26. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Well, thank you Rick!! Thanks also for the love and for stopping by. Much appreciated!
    27. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      buckethead,
      Thanks for the appreciation and for stopping in. Always appreciated!!
    28. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks very much for the loves

      FatBoy

      and

      NevadaBlades


      And thank you all for stopping by. Many thanks!!!
    29. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      SEAN,
      Thanks friend for the appreciation and for stopping by. Many thanks as always!!!

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