Posted 5 years ago
I found this unusual sized Taylor sample trunk a few years ago and finally got around to doing a restoration on it. It's 29" by 22" by 18". It had all the hardware and original tray, label, etc, but did need cleaning, light sanding, and repainting on the exterior and then a relining of the interior. I found fabric which nearly matched the original style and color. Some of the original fabric is still on the tray, including all the original paper trim. The tray has great Taylor latches on it and a special lid prop inside, hinges on the back, plus the Taylor patented tray holder. I wish I could show more pictures of the interior and the sides, which have the original thick rawhide handles and the large doweled handle holders with the big T on them. The "XX" trunks were their top quality trunks made for professional salesmen, theatrical groups, etc. Based on old catalogs I've seen, this trunk could have been made from the 1890's to 1920's. I had bought this trunk to keep, but I feel very honored to say that this trunk is going to be owned soon by a true descendant of Charles Taylor himself who lives in Rhode Island!