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    Posted 4 years ago

    jscott0363
    (482 items)

    Hello CW friends!!

    I came across this old Irish made wicker trunk a few weeks back. I've always wanted one for my collection and since it was priced very inexpensively, I went ahead and bought it. A decent wicker trunk, that's able to be restored, is a fairly rare find these days as very few of these survived over the years. Many that I've seen are too far past the point of restoration. This one was able to be cleaned and properly repaired.

    I've been working on this one since I got it and let me tell you it's been a real challenge. It's taken a tremendous amount of cleaning, refabricating replacement leather parts and lots and lots of restitching. But, I'm nearly complete and will be posting the finished product soon.

    This style of trunk is made of willow wicker and is encased in a heavy patent leather type covering with leather binding. It's the first wicker trunk I've actually seen with wood slats on the top and also the first Irish made trunk I've ever seen. It a fairly large trunk, measuring 32" long, 26" tall and 21" front to back.

    Sorry for the very poor photography here.

    Thanks for stopping to have a look!!!

    Scott

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    Comments

    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks Gary!! I'm half Irish myself. My grandfathers' family (Brady) all came from Ireland.
    2. Drill Drill, 4 years ago
      http://0.tqn.com/w/experts/Collectibles-General-Antiques-682/2015/07/sample-trunk-1890.jpg

      Cool Scott! Tons of time to make this one right much luck!
    3. Drill Drill, 4 years ago
      http://0.tqn.com/w/experts/Collectibles-General-Antiques-682/2015/07/sample-trunk-1890.jpg

      Cool Scott! Tons of time to make this one right much luck!
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks Drill!!
      I really love that pic! My wicker trunk is progressing nicely so far. Had a lot of cleaning to do on it and had to make several replacement leather pieces and stitch them onto the trunk. Down to minor details as of now.
      I steam cleaned the interior, but the beautiful striped lining has some old staining that just won't budge, even with oxy-clean and high pressure steam. Any suggestions?
    5. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      That is indeed an interesting trunk. You are making better progress than I am I still haven't gotten out my Halloween decorations.
    6. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      fortapache,
      Yes, the old wicker trunks are a bit unusual and very unique. I guess that's why I like them so much. Thanks friend for the comment and for stopping in.
    7. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks everyone for the loves and appreciations
      BB2
      Bonnie
      Pops
      Thomas
      Rob
      Roy
      Drill
      Kevin
      Gary
      FatBoy
      Judy
      fortapache
      fleafinder
      Mike
      and
      Penny

      And thank you all for stopping by. Many thanks to you all!!
    8. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Can't wait to see it in full glory after your magical work :-))
      So nice even now!
    9. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks Kyra!!
      It's been a slow process, but seems to be coming along nicely. I've got a few more minor details to complete, but will post the finished trunk when I'm complete. Thanks so much for the love and for stopping by. Always very truly appreciated!!!
    10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
      great new items!!
    11. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      T-man,
      Thanks friend for the appreciation and for taking time to stop in. Always very much appreciated!!!
    12. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      SEAN,
      Thanks so very much!!! Thanks also for the appreciation and for stopping by. Much appreciated!!!
    13. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Gary,
      That's pretty cool! Your Irish Grandfather had quite a business going there, in the county of Cork. Perhaps this was one of his trunks. After all, I did buy this from a nice lady in Belfast:)
    14. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Michael,
      Thanks for the appreciation and for taking time to stop by. Very much appreciated!!
    15. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks so very much for the loves

      Mani

      and

      JImam

      And thank you both for dropping in. Many thanks to you both!!!
    16. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks so very much for the loves

      Thomas

      and

      SEAN

      And thank you both for dropping in. Many thanks to you both!!!
    17. Rick55 Rick55, 4 years ago
      Congrats on your fine Scott! It's definitely seen its better days, and I can't wait to see what you've done with it :-)
    18. Rick55 Rick55, 4 years ago
      "Find" not fine...my auto correction again sorry :-)
    19. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Rick,
      Thanks very much! Thanks for the comment, the appreciation and for dropping in. Always appreciated!!!
    20. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Beachbum58,
      Thanks very much for the appreciation and for stopping by. Much appreciated!!!
    21. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      JImam

      and

      Anna

      Thanks so very much for the loves and for stopping in. Many thanks to you both!
    22. jscott0363 jscott0363, 1 year ago
      Thank you Jenni for the love and for stopping by!!

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