Posted 5 years ago
Here's an interesting trunk I was able to purchase in a shop in Columbus, Ohio this past summer. I love it for the unusual and interesting metal work and the beautiful complete interior. It's leather covered, but due to so much damage I will remove the leather. The interior has some great lithographs, including one with two Jenny Lind style trunks and a valise.. my favorite!! Plus the original tray with all the compartment covers. I haven't started on it yet, but I'm really looking forward to working on it, including replacing the front leather straps and side arrow shaped handles. I would say it's definitely from the early 1870's and has the slat clamps which appear to the those patented in 1869 by William Jessup. I was quite surprised when I first lifted the trunk because it's not a real large trunk but it weighs twice as much as I expected. It's made of very thick wood, plus iron hardware. It also has an extra thick wood brace which goes across the rounded lid interior. I think this will probably be a keeper. I don't know that it was made in Columbus Ohio and doesn't have a label (that I remember) but there's a good chance it came from that area.