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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Hello fellow collectors!!!

    This would be the oldest trunk in my collection. It's a leather covered document box made by Howell & Son Trunk Makers N.Y. This document box is signed and dated by "C. Howell 1805" in the lower corner of the trunk label. A trunk, or document box, signed by the maker is something I've never seen before.

    It's covered in leather and still in remarkable condition for its' age. It's also lined with newspaper dated September 1797. The leather covering is 100% intact and most of the brass tacks are remaining as is 90% of the leather trim around the edges.

    It's small and only measures 10" long, 6" wide and 6" tall. I'm not really crazy about the decorative painting on this one, but to have a 211 year old item in this condition is simply fascinating to me.

    Hope you enjoy seeing this as much as I do and thanks to all for stopping in to have a look!!!


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    1. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Scott, this is just totally amazing!!!! Well done to you having it in your collection!
    2. NevadaBlades, 5 years ago
      I can only hope that I'm in as good a condition at merely half its age, when I'm 105! [;>)))
    3. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      Js this is such a wonderful piece! Amazing to see such a old signed label -- and for it to be in such great condition. Fabulous fine lock on it too. The "homestyle" decoration on it suggests a sense of character from an early owner, a personal creative touch -- shows me somebody real owned it. This hits all my "collectors buttons" -- verifiably old, unique, in pristine condition and personalized by both the maker and the owner. Just great to see -- thanks so much for bringing these pieces into the light for us all to appreciate.
    4. rockbat, 5 years ago
      What a great trunk, I have newspapers from this period, but no cool document boxes.
    5. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 5 years ago
      very interesting indeed
    6. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      They spelled "public" as we spell it, but in my 1807 American magazine they spelled it as "publick".
    7. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks so very much!! I'm proud to have it as part of my collection!

      I seriously doubt that I'll even be around at the 105 mark. If I am, I do hope I'm still in pretty goo shape:)

      This one just jumped out at me and immediately caught my eye. Never seen a trunk signed by the maker until this one. I too love the personalization and the very cool lock! Thanks so much for all your kind comments. Like you, and others on CW, I too have quite passion for collecting the wonderful little remnants of our history and truly enjoy sharing with others.

      This is actually the oldest newspaper that I've ever seen. I thought it was pretty cool myself.

      Thanks!! I'm very pleased to be the new owner of this one. I can only try and imagine what the original owner was like and what his occupation was.

      Thanks very much!! It is definitely interesting indeed. I do love interesting items.

      I noticed that the typeset they used for the newspaper had what appears to be an "f" in place of an "s".

    8. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thank everyone for the loves














      And thank you all very much for stopping in. Always very sincerely appreciated!!!
    9. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much for the loves and for stopping in. I do appreciate it very much!!!
    10. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      Something made in 1805 is usually just seen in a museum. That's why I like antique stores. Instead of looking at something in a glass case you can own it.
    11. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      I totally agree!! Ironically, I have this one in a glass case on display in my home:) Thanks very much for the fine comment!!
    12. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much for the appreciations






      And thank you all for dropping in. Much appreciated!!
    13. Drill Drill, 5 years ago
      Wow! Man that sure is a find Scott!
    14. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks pal!! I knew you'd like it. I posted a striped canvas French trunk that I think you'll like. I'd like you to see and get your opinion on it if possible.
      Thanks again friend!!
    15. Drill Drill, 5 years ago
      Ok pal,posted some thoughts.
    16. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much!!!! I'll check it out.
    17. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks everyone for the loves and appreciations







      All very much appreciated!!!
    18. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      So wonderful piece! Totally with Trunkman on it :-))
    19. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      I do love this piece as well. Thank you so very much for the kind comment and for stopping in. I do mist certainly appreciate it!!
    20. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      And fascinating to me too Scott! Imagine the goodies this box has held throughout the centuries!
    21. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks buddy!! I do appreciate to complimentary remark. Much appreciated!!

      Thanks so very much!! I try to image the original owner and how that owner used this very find piece. Thanks again!!

      And thank you both for the appreciations and for stopping in. Very much appreciated!!!
    22. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thank you so very much for the appreciation and for stopping by. Many thanks to you!!
    23. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Wonderful, I love it ofcourse!!
    24. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thank you so very much!! So glad you love it! And thank you for stopping by as well. Always greatly appreciated!!!
    25. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much for the appreciation and for stopping by. Many thanks my friend!!

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