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    Posted 4 years ago

    TrunkerMar…
    (32 items)

    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.

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    Comments

    1. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
      What a marvelous find Marvin -- love the creativity of shape and form that went into this one -- very pleasing to the eye. Can hardly wait to see how much more beauty you will draw out of this -- which is half the fun of the find!
    2. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      That is a great interior. One of the best I have seen.
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Marvin,
      That's a beauty!! I love that amazing interior. Too bad that the leather covering is mostly gone. The most unique hardware and trim that I've seen on a trunk. I can't wait to see the finished product after you've worked you magic on this one. Going to be a real keeper for sure!
    4. myoldkyhome myoldkyhome, 4 years ago
      Love this! Great interior. I've never seen one with these types of lithographs.
    5. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 4 years ago
      Trunkman, thanks very much! Antique trunks continue to fascinate me by the variety of hardware and designs even after 40 years of collecting them.. keeps it fun!
    6. Drill Drill, 4 years ago
      It is borderline wonderful,Can't wait to see it after you work your magic on it.The metal work and the interior are just something that you don't see everyday.I do see why it will become a keeper.I will say that I have not seen that trunk lithograph and am really wondering if it would have been an original lithograph in the 1870's.I just have not seen a flag and the celebration of trunks inside of a trunk ever before. It just does not seem original to the trunk. It is the only one with a blue perimeter. Although I could be very wrong.Thanks for the post Marvin.
    7. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 4 years ago
      Thanks very much for your comments fortapache, Jscott, and myoldkyhome!
      Drill, thanks also! I examined the flag and trunk lithograph very carefully in the trunk and I do believe it was original. I've never seen this one before either, but they did often mix lithograph types and colors, styles of the borders and interior trim. I've seen many where they don't all match inside. Based on looking at it closely it doesn't appear to have been changed or added later. We'll probably never know for certain, but the Jenny Lind style trunks were still being shown on labels of early 1870's trunks. Thanks for the comments and I'll be sure to post again when I finish it, but that probably won't be until next summer.
    8. Drill Drill, 4 years ago
      Wow neat,learn something new everyday on these interiors. Please do post again when finished, I look forward to it.
    9. TrunkerMarvin TrunkerMarvin, 4 years ago
      Thanks for your visit and feedback Greendog and SpiritBear!

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