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    Posted 5 years ago

    jscott0363
    (520 items)

    Hello CW friends!
    I recently posted an Irish made patent leather covered wicker trunk that I’ve been working on. I finally completed the cleaning and restoration of that trunk. I’ve been working with this one, off and on, for several weeks now, but it’s been one of the most enjoyable trunk restorations I’ve done in quite a while.

    I’m not sure of the age of this one. I’m guessing late 1800’s to early 1900’s. This one is Irish made (no makers label, just a green shamrock label that says "Irish Made") and the first Irish made trunk I’ve ever seen. This style of wicker trunk was generally encased in either oil cloth or patent leather. Being that this style of trunk is made of willow wicker, few have survived. Most I’ve seen were too far past the point of repair or restoration or way overpriced for my trunk restoration budget. So, I was extremely pleased when I found this jewel!

    This one took a tremendous amount of cleaning and polishing of the wood slats, brass buttons, brass lock as well as cleaning and conditioning of what leather trim was remaining. The leather strap keepers were dry rotted, all straps and buckles were missing as was the leather lock protector. The stitching on the sides of the lid had mostly broken loose as well.

    I fabricated new strap keepers, straps and lock protector, all based off the design that would have originally came on this trunk. I spent a lot of time stitching the trunk lid sides back together as well as stitching the newly fabricated leather lock protector and straps back on. I also replaced the belts and buckles that strap around the entire trunk. Finding leather pieces, that were long enough, was quite a task as this trunk is 88” round! Prefabricated straps only come in a maximum of 60” length. The heavy 3-ply leather handles were in pristine condition and only needed a cleaning and conditioning. As a plus, I even have the original brass barrel key that operates the brass lock just beautifully. I may get around to stitching on a new lock protector securing belt one day soon, but I'll leave it like it is for now.

    The interior is completely intact except for the missing tray. Heavily stained, I sprayed down the interior with fabric cleaner and steam cleaned it with high pressure steam. But, 100 years plus of staining just wouldn’t budge. But, that’s ok. At least it’s clean and the musty smell is now gone.
    I did a lot of research on this particular style and did my very best to keep this one as original looking as possible. I think it turned out well though.

    Sorry for the long winded story:)

    I’m very pleased to be able to add a wicker trunk to my collection. Hope you like it as much as I do.

    Thanks for stopping to have a look!

    Scott

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    Comments

    1. greendog greendog, 5 years ago
      Looks great Scotty, well done I love it.
    2. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      Stellar restoration js -- great work on the leather replacements. Just awesome really...
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      greendog,
      Thanks very much!! I do appreciate the fine comment.
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      T-man,
      Thanks friend!! I do sincerely appreciate the compliment! This one had came apart in many places and had to be restitched. But, it stitched back up nicely and didn't give me too much resistance. Thanks again!
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the loves and appreciations

      fortapache

      greendog

      trunkman

      Kevin

      Anna

      and

      Celiene

      And thank you all for taking time to stop in. Always greatly appreciated!!!
    6. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      Can I send you my leather LV -- it needs stitching and a whole lot more! LOL! Seriously though you have obviously tackled learning curve issues such as leather repair and so much more on your journey, so kudos to you. I have some 'learnin to do ahead of me and I do thank you and others for inspiration with these fine pieces.
    7. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Send it on down T-man:). Believe it or not, I learned how to stitch leather a couple of years ago by, of all things, watching a YouTube video. I also had to buy a few inexpensive leather tools. But, I figure If I can do, well, anyone can. Thanks for the wonderful comment and keep on posting those awesome trunks of yours!!
    8. Caperkid, 5 years ago
      Beautiful job on this Scotty your work is superb.
    9. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Roy,
      What a wonderful compliment. Thank you my friend!!
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the loves and appreciations

      Roy

      EWJ-54

      Mani

      Pops

      and

      JImam

      And thank you all for stopping in. So very much appreciated!!!
    11. OneGoodFind OneGoodFind, 5 years ago
      You are blessed with your talent and we are blessed with you sharing it.
      Thank you.!!
    12. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      That is quite the accomplishment.
    13. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Wow Scott, what a wonderful job you have done......it looks absolutely amazing and you should be very proud of the results you are getting!!
    14. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Yes, you can be proud of the result of your restoration work!!!
      Even more beautiful than expected from your other projects :-))
    15. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      OneGoodFind,
      Wow, what a wonderful compliment!! Thank you so very much and I'm always very happy to share on CW. I love showing my treasures here!
    16. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      fortapache,
      Thanks friend! My fingers were a bit sore from all the leather stitching, but she's solid again and won't be coming apart anyway soon. Thanks again!!
    17. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Judy,
      Can't thank you enough for the wonderful compliment!! You're very kind. I think anyone who does any type of restoration is always proud to bring and object back to life again. Thank you so much!
    18. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Kyra,
      Many many thanks to you! I was very pleased with the results of this one. My wife thought it belonged in the garbage when I got it, but I knew I could bring it back to life again. Thanks so very much!!!
    19. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks everyone for the loves, appreciations and wonderful comments

      BB2

      OneGoodFind

      Michael

      Judy

      and

      Kyra

      And thank you all for stopping by. I do appreciate you all!!
    20. fleafinder fleafinder, 5 years ago
      wow scott it sure looked like he had a very good bath.*applause*
    21. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      fleafinder,
      He had a very good bath, a LOT of repairs and a lot of polishing as well! Thanks so much for the comment, the love and for stopping by. Many many thanks!
    22. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks Rob!
      I just want them to last so another generation can enjoy these fine pieces of history as well. Thanks for the awesome comment, the appreciation and for dropping in. Many thanks to you!
    23. Drill Drill, 5 years ago
      Nice hit Scott finished out well . look into a product known as liquid leather it can do
      wonders on basic rips and tears.
    24. Alan2310 Alan2310, 5 years ago
      Scott, Let put it this way; you a passionate in your field, and it's reflected on the work you done and proved many time, and this one make no exception, really an awesome job here my friend. :-D

      Regards
      Alan
    25. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Drill,
      Thanks pal! I do appreciate the fine compliment! Liquid Stitch is a staple in my shop. Been using it for several years now. It works really well, but then there are cases where items have to be stitched as well, like this one. Thanks again very much!!!
    26. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Alan,
      I do truly appreciate the very fine compliment! Very much appreciated indeed! I do love my hobby and have learned from my mistakes over the years. But, they don't always turn out this well. I've had many flops in my shop, but that hasn't stopped me from keeping on keeping on:)
      Thanks again my friend!
      Scott
    27. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks everyone for the loves and appreciations

      Thomas

      myoldkyhome

      and

      SEAN

      And thank you all for dropping by. Many thanks to you all!!
    28. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks Gary!!
      I do truly appreciate the awesome compliment. It was alot of hard work, but very rewarding work.
    29. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks everyone for the loves and appreciations

      shughs

      MooreAntique

      leighannm

      usedcarlady

      toolate2

      and

      Gary

      And thank you all so very much for dropping by. I do sincerely appreciate it!!!
    30. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      My, my, my Scott what a superb job of restoration! Lucky for me I'm playing catch up on my CW posts today, so I got to see it 2 minutes after seeing the "before" pics :-)
    31. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Rick,
      Thank you so very much for the wonderful compliment! I have a similar trunk in my shop, among others, that I'll be working with thru the month of December. Hopefully, I'll get to finish and post those by January. Thanks for the wonderful comment, the appreciation and for stopping by. Always appreciated!!!
    32. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much for the loves and appreciations

      Beachbum58

      and

      Longings

      And thank you both for taking time to stop in. Many thanks to you both!
    33. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      buckethead,
      Thanks very much friend for the appreciation and for stopping in. Many thanks to you!
    34. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks so very much for the loves

      SEAN

      Anna

      and

      JImam

      And thanks you all for stopping in. Many many thanks to you all!
    35. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      STUNNING PIECE BUDDY!!
    36. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Well, thank you so very much SEAN!! This one has became one of my favorites and will remain in my collection. The wicker trunks seem to be plentiful in Europe, but in the US they're fairly rare to come by. Thanks again my friend!!
    37. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much for the appreciations

      Thomas (Hope your Alabama move is going well)

      and

      FatBoy

      And thank you guys for stopping by. Always much appreciated!!
    38. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      newcombe67,
      Thanks so very much for the appreciation and for taking time to stop in. Very much appreciated!!!
    39. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Mike,
      Thanks very much for the appreciation and for dropping by. Many thanks to you!
    40. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much for the loves and appreciations

      egreeley1976

      Chevelleman69

      and

      Penny

      And thank you all for dropping by. Much appreciated!!
    41. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Anna,
      Thanks so very much for the love and for stopping in. Always very much appreciated!!
    42. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Thanks Cindi!!
      So glad that you love this one. These wicker trunks can be quite a challenge to anyone who restores them. This one certainly was:) Thanks again so very much!!
    43. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      AntiqueToys,
      Thanks so very much for the love and for stopping by. Many thanks to you!!!
    44. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Mary
      and
      Im4anythingOld
      Thank you both very much for the loves and for stopping in!!

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