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Trunks959 of 25201805 Howell & Son Leather Covered Document Box SignedPurchased for a photography prop
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    Posted 4 years ago

    trunkman
    (139 items)

    Every once in a while I come across an exceptional trunk that goes into my private collection (which usually means another has to go!) -- well decision time once again. This is a beautiful example of a Romadka high end trunk. Most of the hardware (but not all) is a unique Romadka brothers design intended to wow their clients -- in my opinion they have succeeded -- hats off to these fine craftmen of their day. Now I will have to work on making a tray for the interior to match and I may have to repaint the exterior tin. The leaves on the front and side were originally painted gold for effect.

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    Comments

    1. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 years ago
      Wow! This is amazing, I see why you would want to keep it!!! I think I would want the outer tin to be orig too. Show it off when you're done please. Beautiful...
    2. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
      Thanks so much shareurpassion -- appreciate your comments always....
    3. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 years ago
      You are very welcome! Can't seem to sign off here today!!! ;) Too much fun!
    4. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
      Eye-candy addiction is hard to treat.... :)
    5. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      That's a WOW, alright!!!
    6. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
      Thanks Lisa and TheGatekeeper for the loves...
    7. FatBoy64, 4 years ago
      Very nice. Did you buy it that nice or have you done any work to it?
    8. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
      I had to clean up all the hardware and refinish the slats.... still debating a repaint on the body and maybe a silverleaf paint on the hardware. Thanks FatBoy64...
    9. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!!!!! What an incredible Romadka Bros. trunk! That famous Romadka Bros hardware is out of this world, especially the leafs! And that interior is stunning. Just an all around amazing trunk!
    10. NevadaBlades, 4 years ago
      A keeper, without question! Front & Center, for sure! [;>)
    11. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
      Thanks Efesgirl, FatBoy64, jscott363, NavadaBlades and Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse for the great comments!! Js -- yah the leaves are really over the top -- these guys were seriously into this...
    12. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 4 years ago
      Trunkman, another fine trunk for your collection. I love the Romadka hardware also, especially their leaf hardware and their own design of embossed metal for the edges. You mention the gold painted hardware on the front and sides, but I've never seen any done that way on original Romadka's that I've had or seen. I don't think Romadka painted them that way and that originally they were tinned for the silver finish. Or possibly they had some old varnish on them that made them look gold? Anyway, I think they look best with the silver or steel look. Great trunk!
    13. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      That is an especially nice inside. Whenever I see a trunk I always want to open it up and see what is inside and rarely see something this nice.
    14. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
      Thanks TrunkerMarvin, and fortapache for the comments. Marvin you may be right about the gold paint being a later addition -- it would have made the trunk look "gody" -- certainly looks better in silver.
    15. myoldkyhome myoldkyhome, 4 years ago
      You find the most amazing trunks! I've never seen one of these before. Thanks for sharing. It's so nice to get to enjoy these beauties that some of us might never come across.
    16. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
      Thanks myoldkyhome for the great comment -- the "find" is part of the fun and passion of this great hobby.
    17. Drill Drill, 4 years ago
      http://images.wisconsinhistory.org/700011230010/1123000185-l.jpg
      Oh! You know me pal loving the Romadka, it found it's way to the right man.
    18. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
      Awesome label Drill -- thought you might like this one... :)
    19. Rick55 Rick55, 4 years ago
      What an incredible piece Trunkman! The detail is over-the-top! I can relate to your 1 in 1 out philosophy... I've been using that for a while now. I just ordered a new curio, so I can start keeping some of my old pieces... For now! LOL
    20. randallbarbera randallbarbera, 4 years ago
      Great job on this one, wow! My hat goes off to your taste and intuition for great design!
    21. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
      randallbarbera thanks so much for the comment -- I try my best with the restores... but I keep it at the hobby level to keep it fun for myself.
    22. Drill Drill, 4 years ago
      http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US291230-0.png
      Just something I came across.

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