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    Posted 5 years ago

    Cathe
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    I found this trunk in a garage sale and fell in love with it. I have no idea how old it is. If anybody knows anything about these kinds of trunks, please let me know.

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    1. officialfuel officialfuel, 5 years ago
      If you get a magnifying glass and look real closely on the lock I believe you'll see a date. I believe it's early 1900s or before.

      Michael
    2. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      Lovely flat top trunk and as Michael pointed out it was made in the early 1900's. It is a common style of trunk for its time and many companies produced them so with no label difficult to know which company made yours. The date on the lock is the patent date of the lock itself which may have been produced for many years after. Style form and materials suggest the era from 1910 - 30 or thereabouts. Hope this helps!
    3. Cathe Cathe, 5 years ago
      There is no date on the lock. However, it is written "E. A. MAHON MONTREAL CANADA" I was able to find that it was built by the McBrine luggage company somewhere around 1915. Thanks a lot for your help!!
    4. Drill Drill, 5 years ago
      McBrine Luggage, L. McBrine Company Limited ,Louis McBrine born Feb. 26, 1866
      Nationality Canadian Manufacturer
      Occupation Manufacturer of valises, luggage and trunks
      Notes Louis McBrine was a "valise manufacturer" circa 1901. Circa 1911 he was involved in manufacturing trunks. He and his partner, W. G. Cleghorn, founded McBrine Luggage, which from 1905 until into the 1960s was one of the world's largest luggage manufacturing businesses.

      The company was still making briefcases circa 1965.
      Places of residence Berlin, Ontario (Kitchener, Ont.)
      A little info on McBrine Luggage
    5. Cathe Cathe, 5 years ago
      Very interesting :) thank you
    6. Cathe Cathe, 5 years ago
      I cleaned the lock and found a number at the bottom. There is a 78 engraved on it.
    7. Drill Drill, 5 years ago
      https://books.google.com/books?id=BiJDAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA167&lpg=PA167&dq=luggage+and+leather+goods+McBrine+luggage+advertising&source=bl&ots=huwO55wo15&sig=MXRgwwsr_u902D47Yyf-Rk4sECg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj4hOLioqvSAhUH_IMKHbH9CUoQ6AEIPTAF#v=onepage&q=luggage%20and%20leather%20goods%20McBrine%20luggage%20advertising&f=false

      Some info from a trade association mentioning L. McBrine.Dec. 1901, If you continue to scroll you can find many advertisements of trunks of this time period.

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