Posted 6 years ago
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!
This unusual trunk has been in my collection for about 12 years now. I bought it from a couple who were renovating an old store in Roanoke, VA and they had found it in the attic. The measurements are 36" wide, 26" tall, and only 6 1/2" deep. I've been collecting trunks and other antiques for over 45 years and I've never come across or seen another one like this in size. Here are some of the more interesting things about it... The front and back are exactly alike with latches and a lock, no hinges on the lid. The locks do work and I have a key. The lid does come off but there is nothing and no paper or fabric lining inside. There are no handles. The bottom has some extra raised metal feet which appear to be original and give it more stability. I've wondered many times what this was actually made for and I've come to my own educated guess, but I'd love to hear your ideas. I believe it was used as a stand up display piece for a store that sold trunks. Some of you have seen pictures of old stores where they had trunks out front or in the window to show some of the trunks they sold. Drill has provided quite a few links to pictures like that in other trunk postings. There are no handles and both sides look like the front. It can be moved to put where they wanted it, probably out front on the sidewalk to let people know they sold trunks. Many old general stores, hardware stores, and luggage stores carried trunks. There were quite a few trunk makers in Virginia that could have made this. It is pretty well made with extra saddler nails (the large head nails on the slats and metal banding). It was black with grime and dirt when I got it so I just cleaned it well and put a little protective clear finish on it. I like using it as a display shelf for some of my antique trunk tins (for coffee, tea, cigars, etc.). Thanks for taking a look!