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    Posted 4 years ago

    jscott0363
    (507 items)

    Hello fellow collectors!!
    While on vacation this past week, I was able to spend a lot of time in my shop working on and completing this English made Victorian era round top wicker trunk. It's covered in a coated burlap material to protect it and to make it waterproof as well. It makes for a light weight trunk.It was made around the 1890’s period.

    Had I of known what I was up against, I would have never bought or began restoration of this little beauty. There is a lot of leather on this one, more than I usually see on this type of trunk. The leather lock protector flap was inside the trunk and very dry rotted as were the strap keepers. I fabricated new strap keepers and a new lock protector flap, all from the identical design that was on this trunk.

    The interior, of this one, is all there and quite beautiful, if I must say so myself. I’ll post that in my next post.

    I don’t know what kind of thread was used when the trunk maker stitched this one together (I'm thinking wool thread), but there were very few stitches remaining (Perhaps moths got to the thread). So, I had to re-stitch nearly every single seam on this one. I have about 50 hours wrapped up in stitching alone and 1 ½ spools of leather stitching thread (25 yards each).

    This trunk was originally stitched together with black thread and, after much thought, I decided to go back with a natural color thread and stain over over it with medium brown stain. I thought it looked a bit better than the black stitches.

    But, once the stitching was complete and the trunk got a good cleaning, as well as the interior, I was glad to be finished and glad I did it! It may be the last wicker trunk that I restore though:)

    The lock is an English made "Secure Lever" lock. But, the studs that secure the skids, to the bottom of this trunk, have "Paris" engraved into them.

    I’ll show the interior in my next post.

    Anyway, thanks so very much for stopping to have a look. Always very sincerely appreciated!!
    Scott

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    Comments

    1. bobby725 bobby725, 4 years ago
      can`t quit restoring wicker trunks now, you`re just getting good at it! nice job!! Rob
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      LOL Rob!!
      Well, my fingers are still way to sore from stitching to do another right away:) Thanks very much for the fun comment, the appreciation and for stopping in. Much appreciated!!
    3. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Just beautiful Scott and well worth the effort I would say!!!! Ouch with the fingers!!!
    4. antiquerose antiquerose, 4 years ago
      Wow...beautiful Piece as each and EVERY one is. They are all treasures !!!!
    5. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      Another beautiful trunk.
    6. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      A great effort, beautifully accomplished. Congratulations Scott. It's a beauty.
    7. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Congratulations! Amazing result :-)
    8. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Judy,
      Thank you so very much! Yep, my fingers feel like leather after all those hours of stitching:)
    9. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Rose,
      Thank you for the sweet comment!!
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      fortapache,
      Thank you friend! I do appreciate it!
    11. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Karen,
      You're very kind! Thank you for the wonderful compliment!
    12. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Kyra,
      Thank you so very much!! I was pleased with the results.
    13. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks everyone so very much for the loves and appreciations

      Rob

      T-man

      BB2

      FatBoy

      Michael

      Judy

      Rose

      fortapache

      Kevin

      Karenoke

      SEAN

      Mike

      and

      Kyra

      And thank you all for taking time to drop in. Many thanks to you all!
    14. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 4 years ago
      you are an expert
    15. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      kivatinitz,
      Not an expert by no means, just passionate about trunks:) But, thank you so very much!!!
    16. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks so very much everyone for the loves and appreciations

      fleafinder

      Kerry

      kivatinitz

      Roy

      Mani

      and

      Phil

      And thank you all for dropping in to have a look. Always truly appreciated!!
    17. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 4 years ago
      Beautiful job Scott!
    18. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
      Scott your passion has brought you to a new level of expertise -- maybe you feel its through the back door or still just a hobby -- but I and others here would easily describe your work as "expert" -- and I admire the work of your hands and obviously your heart on pieces like this. This is beautiful restoration work through and through... congrats bro...
    19. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Marvin,
      Coming from you, that's a huge compliment! Thank you very much!
    20. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      T-man,
      Wow, what a wonderful compliment!!!!! I can't thank you enough. I've always loved a challenge and I think that once I get started on something of this magnitude it becomes a huge challenge for me to complete. So, I keep on keeping on until I have it just the way I want it. Thank you friend, I do truly appreciate the fine compliment!!
    21. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks everyone for the loves and appreciations

      Jean

      greendog

      Anna

      and

      Marvin

      And thank you all for stopping in to have a look. Many thanks to you all!
    22. Drill Drill, 4 years ago
      Very Sweet, I second T-Mans motion.
    23. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Gary,
      Thanks!! No, but my shop is getting full. But, that's OK, the Christmas shoppers have already been dropping by and I've unloaded a few already!
    24. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Drill,
      Thanks Pal!! I do truly appreciate the awesome comment! You guys are way too kind here. I just think I did a mediocre job on this one. But, my wife and friends say that I'm a perfectionist and a bit too meticulous. But, I'm still not too sure about that one yet. Thanks again!!!
    25. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks very much for the appreciations and for stopping by

      Thomas

      Drill

      and

      Gary

      Much appreciated!!!
    26. inky inky, 4 years ago
      In awe! with your work Scott you are so clever..can't wait to see the inside!!..:-)
    27. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Penny,
      You're way too kind! Thank you so very much for the awesome compliment!
    28. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks so very much for the loves

      mtg75

      and

      Penny

      And thank you all for dropping by. Many thanks to you both!
    29. Rick55 Rick55, 4 years ago
      I saw the interior first Scott - which I love - and the exterior is just as special!
    30. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Rick,
      Thanks very much my friend!!! This one was quite a challenge to restore. But, I'm really glad you like it. Thanks for the awesome comment, the appreciation and for stopping by. Very sincerely appreciated!!!
    31. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      AntiqueToys,
      Thanks very much for the love and for stopping by. Many thanks to you!!!!
    32. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      farmlady

      and

      sugargirl

      Thank you both so very much for the loves and for dropping by.
    33. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      shughs,
      Thanks so very much for the love and for stopping by. Always very sincerely appreciated!!
    34. Drill Drill, 4 years ago
      http://0.tqn.com/w/experts/Collectibles-General-Antiques-682/2015/07/sample-trunk-1890.jpg

      Found an advertising image for an english basket trunk
    35. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      SWEEET!!!!!!!
    36. Drill Drill, 4 years ago
      https://www.antler.co.uk/media/wysiwyg/timeline/1914/1.jpg

      http://www.baggagefactory.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Antler-History.jpg
      2 images of an english luggage co.I thought you would enjoy.
    37. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thank Drill!!
      Would you believe I don't have a single trunk to work on right now?? It's my busy season at work and I just haven't had time to go looking for any!!
    38. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Im4AnythingOld
      and
      Jenni
      Thank you both very much for the loves and for stopping in!!!
    39. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      lundy,
      Thanks very much for the love and for taking time to stop in!!

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