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

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greendog's loves4 of 126Mid to late 1880's Martin Maier, star lock repair.trunk update
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Posted 1 year ago

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officialfuel
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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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year ago
    Thank you TassieDevil for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Merry
  7. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year ago
    Thank you vetraio50 and mtg75 for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  10. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year 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, 1 year ago
    Thank you MooreAntique and Caperkid for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  12. Drill Drill, 1 year 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, 1 year ago
    Thank you Drill for the other information!

    Michael
  14. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you bijoucaillouvintage and shughs for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  15. SpiritBear SpiritBear, 1 year 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, 1 year ago
    SpiritBear that's what I plan on doing! Thank you for stopping in and your input! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  17. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you leighannrn and farmlady for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  18. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you Longings and rustyboltz for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  19. Nova, 1 year 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, 1 year ago
    Thank you trukn20 and Lady_Picker for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  21. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year 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, 1 year ago
    Thank you crswerner and egreeley1976 for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  23. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you fortapache and Designer for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  24. beyemvey beyemvey, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year ago
    Thank you sugargirl and mikelv85 for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  27. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you bobby725 and Neighborsguysfan for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  28. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you walksoftley and AntigueToys for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  29. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you Beachbum58 and fleafinder for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  30. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you sanhardin and MountainGirl for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  31. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you CindB and chrissylovescats for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  32. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you valentino97 and Chevelleman69 for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  33. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you SPEEDWAYPICKER and beyemvey for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  34. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you snowman3 and FatBoy64 for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  35. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you AnnaB and Peasejean55 for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  36. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you mikelv85 and B.Kay for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  37. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you Jlmam and Rick55 for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  38. Nicefice, 1 year ago
    My vote to perform slight repairs and leave as is...great historic piece!
    Merry Christmas!! - Kurt
  39. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you Nicefice for the love and your opinion! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  40. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you ttomtucker for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  41. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you SEAN68 for the love!

    Michael
  42. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you rikanddonna for the love!

    Michael
  43. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you Trey for the love!

    Michael
  44. officialfuel officialfuel, 11 months ago
    Thank you vintagegirl66 and swampdogg for the love!

    Michael
  45. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 month ago
    Thank you Bank2collect, Sunmoon2679 and oldpeep for the love!

    Michael
  46. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 month ago
    Thank you greendog for the love!

    Michael

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