Posted 5 years ago
Hello fellow collectors!!
I recently came across this little patent leather covered document box/hand trunk from the 19th century. This one is in it's 100% original state. I was amazed at the condition of the exterior when I saw it. So many brass studs that I couldn't begin to count them all. The front, sides, top and back are all identically studded with brass tacks. The handle is solid brass, as well as the hinges. It still retains it's original key and the lock works beautifully!
The interior is quite beautiful, though there is a bit of staining in the bottom, I'm willing to overlook that. I've done nothing to this one but give the exterior a good wiping down. Surprisingly enough, it needed nothing more. Though it appears to be black in the photos, it's actually a nice dark brown in color.
Some refer to these as "document boxes" while others refer to these as "hand trunks". Since this one is a bit larger than the average document box (18" long, 10 1/2" wide and 6 1/2" tall) I'll refer to this one as a hand trunk.
Thanks very much for stopping to have a look!!