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1890's Old trunk from The Henderson Ames Co. Kalamazoo, Mich.

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greendog's loves76 of 194Mid to late 1880's Martin Maier, star lock repair.trunk update
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    Posted 2 years ago

    officialfuel
    (490 items)

    Since there's a lot of experts on the site on trunks, I've decided to put my trunk on here and get some expert opinions on whether to keep it original or try to restore it. I found this about a year ago in southern Indiana. I love how the trunk is in it's current condition but would like to hear your opinions. Keep it original or restore it and is the trunk from the 1890's.

    Michael

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Michael,
      That's a really nice leather trunk. I believe this may be a "Sole Leather Trunk". You'd be correct on the age of this one. Does this have a layout inside for a Masonic hat and shoulder boards? It looks like one of the Masonic trunks to me. Really nice find!!!
    2. Drill Drill, 2 years ago
      I would keep this one as original as possible, it has wonderful provenance.I can assure you that those Dr. Strong stickers(I love those) are not seen on an everyday basis. I would consider only cleaning and possibly a re-glue of sections of the leather that is coming away.I would do this only to keep intact what is currently present. Thanks for the post.
    3. Drill Drill, 2 years ago
      http://www.kpl.gov/uploadedImages/Local_History/Essays_All_About_Kalamazoo_History/business/henderson-ames-letterhead-1910-705.jpg

      Here is a company logo!
    4. Drill Drill, 2 years ago
      http://assets.atlasobscura.com/article_images/25246/image.jpg
      A few catalog images, enjoy!
      http://www.srmml.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Regalia_Catalog_Photo_sm.jpg

      http://www.calibanbooks.com/pictures/medium/z06487.jpg
    5. trunkman trunkman, 2 years ago
      Awesome trunk -- love the whole look as is apart from as Drill said trying to stabilize a few sections of the leather -- such a unique piece!!
    6. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you TassieDevil for the love! Merry Christmas!

      Merry
    7. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you jscott0363 for stopping in and giving your opinion! I value your advice! In the top part of the trunk there is a lid. I'm not sure what you're talking about. Thank you again for stopping in and giving me your opinion! Merry Christmas!

      Michael
    8. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you Drill for stopping in and giving me your opinion and the examples. I really appreciate your opinion and you taking the time. I will leave the trunk as I found it in its original condition it's only original once, but I just wanted the experts opinions. Thank you again very much and Merry Christmas!

      Michael
    9. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you vetraio50 and mtg75 for the love! Merry Christmas!

      Michael
    10. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you trunkman for the love! Again thank you for stopping in and giving me your opinion! Always appreciate the experts opinion! Merry Christmas!

      Michael
    11. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you MooreAntique and Caperkid for the love! Merry Christmas!

      Michael
    12. Drill Drill, 2 years ago
      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M_IAazZdMiU/V_Z9IvciNaI/AAAAAAAAFn4/tDZVuGSKK-I8GLsTGedZLzdwFkDhjP2ngCK4B/s1600/Saratoga-Springx-Dr-Strongs-Sanatarium.jpg
      I would imagine someone that owned this trunk ,needed some rest or possibly worked there.
      http://exploringupstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Dr.-Strongs-Sanatorium-300x239.jpg

      https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/be/6b/87/be6b874dc8ca5889f4099bd06e405cae.jpg

    13. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you Drill for the other information!

      Michael
    14. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you bijoucaillouvintage and shughs for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    15. SpiritBear SpiritBear, 2 years ago
      Keep it as original as possible, retaining all edits from the party(ies) that purchased it. Affecting such would destroy a rare piece.
    16. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      SpiritBear that's what I plan on doing! Thank you for stopping in and your input! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    17. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you leighannrn and farmlady for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    18. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you Longings and rustyboltz for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    19. Nova, 2 years ago
      In my very NON-expert opinion, I think it's great the way it is!...just the way it looked when the last person actually carried it.
    20. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you trukn20 and Lady_Picker for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    21. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you Nova and charmsomeone for the love! Also thank you Nova for your input! Going to make the repairs and leave it like it is. Merry Christmas!

      Michael
    22. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you crswerner and egreeley1976 for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    23. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you fortapache and Designer for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    24. beyemvey beyemvey, 2 years ago
      Agree RE: Masonic Knights Templar history of this item. The only thing I might try to do is stabilize some of the rips in the leather with a few subtle stitches to prevent them from growing... a wonderful piece with a lot of history... no doubt scarce. Cheers! - Bob
    25. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      beyemvey thank you for your input! I will do as the experts suggest. Thank you again for stopping in and voicing your opinion! Merry Christmas!

      Michael
    26. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you sugargirl and mikelv85 for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    27. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you bobby725 and Neighborsguysfan for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    28. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you walksoftley and AntigueToys for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    29. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you Beachbum58 and fleafinder for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    30. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you sanhardin and MountainGirl for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    31. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you CindB and chrissylovescats for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    32. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you valentino97 and Chevelleman69 for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    33. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you SPEEDWAYPICKER and beyemvey for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    34. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you snowman3 and FatBoy64 for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    35. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you AnnaB and Peasejean55 for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    36. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you mikelv85 and B.Kay for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    37. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you Jlmam and Rick55 for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    38. Nicefice, 2 years ago
      My vote to perform slight repairs and leave as is...great historic piece!
      Merry Christmas!! - Kurt
    39. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you Nicefice for the love and your opinion! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    40. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you ttomtucker for the love! Merry Christmas

      Michael
    41. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you SEAN68 for the love!

      Michael
    42. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you rikanddonna for the love!

      Michael
    43. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you Trey for the love!

      Michael
    44. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
      Thank you vintagegirl66 and swampdogg for the love!

      Michael
    45. officialfuel officialfuel, 10 months ago
      Thank you Bank2collect, Sunmoon2679 and oldpeep for the love!

      Michael
    46. officialfuel officialfuel, 10 months ago
      Thank you greendog for the love!

      Michael

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