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    Posted 3 years ago

    jscott0363
    (423 items)

    Hello fellow collectors!!!

    Here's the newest addition to my trunk collection. It's a small antique French made trunk. It still retains it's original striped canvas covering and even retains it's original key, which operates the lock just beautifully. Always a plus! Ironically enough, this trunk has the same identical lock as my French doll trunk that I recently posted and the key operates the locks of both trunks. Based on similar trunks of the same size and style, I'll place this one in the 1870 to 1890 period.

    This one was so extremely filthy dirty when I took possession of it, that you could hardly tell it was striped. I was able to steam the dirt and most of the staining off to exposed the awesome striped canvas covering. I cleaned the wood slats and polished the brass, which I had no idea that this little trunk had so many brass tacks until I started cleaning the trunk. The interior is covered in solid light blue paper (not really worth posting a pic of).

    I prefer to keep this one in the original condition and do not wish to alter or reline this one in any form. I love it just the way it is. Hope you all do as well.

    I thought that it may be a doll trunk, but it's 20" long, 11" tall and 12" deep and has remnants of Paris travel stickers on one end. So, I don't believe it's a doll trunk, just a small travel trunk.

    Not a Louie Vuitton, but I'm still quite happy with it anyway!!

    Thanks for stopping in for continuing to support my posts. Always very sincerely appreciated!!!

    Scott

    Comments

    1. trunkman trunkman, 3 years ago
      What a delightful and beautiful find js... this is gorgeous...!!!
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      trunkman,
      Thank you for the awesome comment and the very quick appreciation!! Very much appreciated!!
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Gary,
      Thanks very much for the lovely comment and the appreciation. Many thanks my friend!!
    4. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Such a lovely little trunk Scott, and I love it just the way it is too!!
    5. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
      I don't know what it looked like before Scott, but it's definitely a handsome-looking trunk now!
    6. pops52 pops52, 3 years ago
      Cleaned up real nice Scott!
    7. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Looks great and having the key is a big plus.
    8. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      It is so very stylish Scott. Very French!
    9. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Judy,
      Thanks so very much! Glad you agree.

      Rick,
      Thanks friend for the handsome comment!

      Pops,
      Thanks! It took quite a bit of work to clean this one. Cleaning the canvas is a very touchy process, but I've found that my steam cleaner works wonders for that.

      fortapache,
      Thanks! I didn't know it had a key until I was cleaning out the interior and the tiny little (very rusty) key fell out.
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks everyone for the loves

      Rob

      Michael

      BB2

      Jean123

      Judy

      Rick

      Pops

      fortapache

      Mike

      and

      Karen

      And thank you all for stopping in. Very much appreciated!!!!
    11. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Karen,
      Thanks!! That striped canvas, the style and all those little brass tacks are all very French looking. The French trunks are definitely my favorites and I couldn't pass this one up. Thanks again very much!!!!
    12. myoldkyhome myoldkyhome, 3 years ago
      It is definitely gorgeous!
    13. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thank you myoldkyhome!!
      I was pleased at how well it turned out. This one took a little longer than usual, but with the canvas covering and all of those brass nails, I had to be extra careful not to ruin any part of this one. I wanted to keep it in its' original state without altering it in any way and I somehow managed to accomplish that. Thanks again!!!
    14. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks very much for the loves

      bjb5859

      myoldkyhome

      Thomas

      and

      kivatinitz

      And thank you all for stopping by. Many thanks to you all!!
    15. NevadaBlades, 3 years ago
      Very nice new addition to your great collection! Nice clean up and restor, Scott! [;>)
    16. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Well, thank you NevadaBlades!!! I was extremely happy to be able to save this one. It was moving close to the point of no return!!
    17. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks very much for the appreciations

      Phil

      and

      NevadaBlades

      And thank you both for dropping in. Many thanks to you both!!
    18. bjb5859 bjb5859, 3 years ago
      Well Scott, I have always wondered if they made a smaller version of the one I had, Mine was the biggest dome top that I have ever owned.
      It came in at 44 inches long. You don't see these that often.Would have kept it ,but was just too big.
      Cool trunk,Thanks for posting!!
    19. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Wow bjb5859,
      That is a BIG dome top! No, you definitely don't see that often. I do have a flat top that's 44", that I've had for many years now, but that's the biggest I have in my collection. Thanks again friend!!
    20. fleafinder fleafinder, 3 years ago
      u worked hard scott!! well deserved::))

      btw recently i picked up an old suitcase..and it has number lock....does it mean its not so old then?
    21. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      fleafinder,
      Thank you so much!! I do appreciate the kind comment.

      In regards to your old suitcase. The number on the lock could be the patent date which only means that the lock was patented on that date, or the number could simply mean the key number that fits that particular lock.
    22. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks for the loves

      fleafinder

      and

      Roy

      And thank you both for stopping in. Much appreciated!!
    23. fleafinder fleafinder, 3 years ago
      Good morning scott!!(i presume it's morning on your side as the sun is setting soon where i am)

      Thanks for the info: shall try to crack it;)
    24. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      fleafinder,
      Yep, it's 5:44 AM here in Kentucky. You should post the suitcase you found and we can tell you a bit more about it and the lock.
    25. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Anna,
      Thanks so very much for the love and for stopping by. I do sincerely appreciate it!
    26. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks very much for the appreciations

      FatBoy

      and

      Designer

      And thank you both for dropping in. Very much appreciated!!!
    27. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 3 years ago
      Jeepers, just when I think you couldn't possibly have something to top what I've already seen...!!!
    28. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Bonnie,
      Wow!! Thank you so much for the awesome comment!! I do love my French made trunks. They all seem to be such incredibly high quality trunks and very unique at that. Thanks again and thanks also for the love. Always a true pleasure to have you drop by and comment.
    29. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks so very much for the loves

      chrissylovescats

      Jean

      and

      magician1962

      And thank you all for stopping by. Very truly appreciated!!!!
    30. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Lady_Picker,
      Thanks so very much for the love and for stopping by. Much appreciated!!
    31. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Neighborguysfan,
      Thanks very much for the appreciation and for stopping by. Very much appreciated!!
    32. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks so very much for the loves

      SEAN

      and

      AntiqueToys

      And thank you both for stopping in. Many thanks!!!!
    33. Drill Drill, 3 years ago
      Ok pal, So I looked at this some time ago for quite sometime without commenting in hopes of finding like items to compare(no luck).The Size is also not often seen.
      First let me say that it is a cool piece. There are some things that make this trunk somewhat unique/puzzling .Here are some thoughts having seen quite bit of what is out there .#1 the brass slat clamps have a detail groove on them (Have never seen it on a french trunk).#2 The slats themselves have chamfer cut into them (Have never seen that either on french trunk.#3 hinges are exposed over the canvas not under (Have not seen that as well.#Screws on the Hinges and a top handle that I believe was possibly put on at a later time period.#4 The handles on the side I have seen before, years ago on an American replica item from restoration hardware.#5 The number of brass studs and the fact that they are attached through
      the stripped canvas are not something you see done by the French. Done more so by the Americans . That is not to say that it is not from France or somewhere else in Europe(Think Brussels). The tighter stripes in the canvas tended to come from other european countries. I have seen a similar brass lock on a trunk made by Strasbourg. There was also a period in the U.S. when anything French was all the rage and American manufactures did try to replicate the look. Makers all had tendencies ,Not seeing the inside, which sometimes can carry tell tale signs. I.E. Dividers of the space/how the inside tray is supported/baskets etc. As well as the bottom perimeter boards (Mitered corners are a dead give away) that it is french made. How the slats are arranged on the bottom, can also sometimes be an indicator.
      front to back or side to side.
      A Neat find all the same Scott, I'm just not sure what to make of her.
    34. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Drill,
      Thanks very much for the awesome information and comment! I was just looking thru my files and now remember that I purchased this from a seller in the Netherlands. They sold it to me as a French doll trunk. So, perhaps it was made in the Netherlands. Not sure about that though. Thanks so very much for the great comment and information. Always very much appreciated!!!!
    35. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Longings,
      Thanks so very much for the love and for stopping in. Much appreciated!!!

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