Posted 4 years ago
I've collected and worked on trunks for over 40 years now and I can say that I've seen very few similar to this, which have the fiber (0r vulcanized fiber) covering on a trunk from the 1880's to 90's. The fiber covering became very popular from the 1920's to 1940's, but some of it was used on earlier trunks. I decided to clean and restore the finish on this fiber covered barrel top trunk and I liked how it turned out. Based on the hardware and lock, I would say the trunk is from the mid 1880's. The brass Corbin lock is one of the nicest I've ever seen. The interior tray is a bit unusual also and has a folding compartment on the front which has a long parasol compartment below it. The original linen lining was preserved in the lid as well as the envelope pocket for papers.
The trunk is extremely heavy and strong and about 36 inches wide. Thanks for looking.