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English Made Camphor Trunk/Chest mid-1800s

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    Posted 3 years ago

    AnnaB
    (85 items)

    1/27/2019 Update
    Calling all trunk experts or leather connoisseurs - can someone please advise on how to best approach the treatment of leather on this trunk? As i started reading online recommendations, they run from "just apply leather conditioner" to "don't touch, only preservation professional should do it". Somewhere in between, there are suggestions to soften it with water, clean it with leather soap, stabilize leather, apply conditioner but only a certain kind and not more not less than needed. This is the first trunk i'm trying to revive, nothing major, not yet, just trying to clean it up, preserve the leather and move it to my work room. The leather is dry, warped in one place, ripped in the front, flaking in one or two areas. Basically, it's not falling apart completely but definitely needs help. Thank you for all suggestions!!

    2 years ago...
    We found this trunk/chest at an estate sale. It's brass studded and leather bound with brass handles. The trunks leather covering is in bad shape with rips that i'm afraid cannot be repaired. The leather overall is very dry and may continue deteriorating. I need to save it quickly!

    The lock is marked "Patent RV" with a crown. My research showed that this mark is related to the lock manufacturer and is not related to or helpful to the trunk's ID. There are no other marks on the trunk identifying anything about it. My guesstimate would be late 1800's. I'll appreciate any info about what it is, how old, any anything else that would be helpful. Thank you.

    **Title Updated-thank you TrunkerMarvin and Hmsantiquetrunks!

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    1. hmsantiquetrunks.com hmsantiquetrunks.com, 3 years ago
      I believe that is an English made, Camphor wood chest (not a traveling trunk). I would guess the mid 1800's as approximate age.
      Jim
      hmsantiquetrunks.com
    2. AnnaB AnnaB, 3 years ago
      hmsantiquetrunks, thank you very kindly for sharing your knowledge!

      kerry10456
      jscott0363
      vetraio50
      fortapache
      officialfuel
      FatBoy64
      SEAN68
      trunkman
      blunderbuss2
      Caperkid
      Thank you all for stopping by and your loves, as always, much appreciated!

    3. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 3 years ago
      AnnaB, very nice find. I also think it's an English made camphor wood trunk from the mid 1800's. The mark on the lock is V R which is for Victoria Regina (Latin), the mark used on items made during the reign of Queen Victoria, which was a long time, 1837 to 1901.
    4. AnnaB AnnaB, 3 years ago
      Thank you, TrunkerMarvin for sharing your knowledge, nice comment and appreciation. I'll update the title based on this new info.

      Phil and Jlmam-thanks for stopping by and your loves!
    5. Drill Drill, 3 years ago
      Very nice ,here is an image of a comparable item.
      https://a.1stdibscdn.com/archivesE/upload/8827/20_15/2290962/2290962_l.jpeg
    6. AnnaB AnnaB, 3 years ago
      Drill, thank you for your nice comment and a pic. Looks totally identical!
      Thomas, thank you for your appreciation and stopping by!
    7. Caperkid, 3 years ago
      Hope you are doing great we have missed you:)
    8. Caperkid, 3 years ago
      Where have you been missing your posts :(
    9. AnnaB AnnaB, 2 years ago
      Roy, i just saw your comments...sorry i've been missing. I had a lot of changes at work and not a free minute to breathe. I'm getting used to the new routine and will try my best not to disappear. I missed everyone, too! This is such a great community, and many have become friends.

      Scott, Laura, Sean, Bijou, Rick, Poire, Nice- thank you kindly for your loves!
    10. AnnaB AnnaB, 1 year ago
      hunterqlee, Thomas, Jenni, Anik- thanks so much for stopping by and your loves!

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