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    Posted 5 years ago

    trunkman
    (142 items)

    Nice French Au Depart trunk with lovely brass rivets. Back hinges are beautiful... quality cabin trunk early 1900's. Label says Lucerne... if so the was this Swiss made -- an off branch maker? Was looking it up but didn't seem clear. This one was at a Montreal Depot for used goods... (big warehouse full of vintage junk) sat on a stack of those ubiquitous cheap blue trunks for about a year. Finally went over to take a look and couldn't resist. Nice small size...

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    Comments

    1. Caperkid, 5 years ago
      As always amazing !
    2. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      Thanks Caperkid for the comment... just keeping my eye out for the unusual ones.
    3. Caperkid, 5 years ago
      Love this design and color and dimensions make it special.
    4. Caperkid, 5 years ago
      Kind of reminds me of a sea chest.
    5. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      Yes the design is a bit unique...
    6. bjb5859 bjb5859, 5 years ago
      Nice,I especially like the one underneath it!!!
    7. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      Oh that old thing! Thanks bjb...
    8. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      What a great looking French trunk. Nice one T-man!!
    9. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much js.... fun to have found it!
    10. Drill Drill, 5 years ago
      Hey T-man, Love this trunk,Latches,hinges, handles in tact(Thats always a tough find) The holder on the side for your name tag,don't see that very often.

      http://cf.collectorsweekly.com/stories/VOmIL2AAkAvTZzpx3GbQ8A.jpg

      http://cf.collectorsweekly.com/stories/rJBNdJOKadbnxUGvdOYx.A.jpg

      http://cf.collectorsweekly.com/stories/e-0qX6.AJDH-MAkEEmFUjg.jpg

      T-Man The labels above is from one of my trunks listed on collectors weekly, which was also made in the French speaking part of Switzerland.Lausanne.The origins of The two brothers was located in Northern France in Haute-Marne I believe that the house had partnerships with others to produce their goods (Franchises if you will, More than likely by those trained by The two Brothers Bertin Jeune and Bertin Fils) Switzerland would have been a logical choice for branching out of the business.Especially since these were places to vacation during the time period.Here is a brief history with a few pictures.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Au_Départ
    11. Drill Drill, 5 years ago
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Au_Départ
      lets try that history again.Hope it posts.
    12. Drill Drill, 5 years ago
      https://books.google.com/books?id=R-5RAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA176&lpg=PA176&dq=L.+Amrein+trunk+lucerne&source=bl&ots=ToiE9pVNdo&sig=K_SeK6fs4VK3-YBoUqPCc37VvQE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjH2KCrnuDSAhXC1IMKHTNsCZ8Q6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=L.%20Amrein%20trunk%20lucerne&f=false

      Some other advertising! Sorry History of AuDepart won't post off Wikapedia link is messed up. But these two links provide Advertising for L. Amrein and if you scroll down each link a glimpse into the past of the Lucern regions items for sale
      during the heyday of train and steamship travel.

      https://books.google.com/books?id=bSwuAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA159&lpg=PA159&dq=L.Amrein+Lucerne&source=bl&ots=D9wda6WpLy&sig=FAeUlJS-c1pXJ5Ajd7a3V8emvgU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjd1YSon-DSAhUi_IMKHXQYDTQQ6AEIHzAA#v=onepage&q=L.Amrein%20Lucerne&f=false
    13. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      Thanks for all of the incredible info Drill! It's great to find some background on these makers... they were great craftsman. Great to see your labels and trunks for comparison... some consistencies throughout. It took me a year to finally go see this one it was listed too high but what I didn't know was that they mark down every month somethings not sold. Affordable fun...
    14. Drill Drill, 5 years ago
      Good fun looking it up!I love to see the old advertising for them and thanks for posting a picture of the label, those images I do kinda collect for my own reference and historical purposes.
    15. Drill Drill, 5 years ago
      https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/13/Grand_Hotel_National_Postcard.jpg

      Hey T-Man according to the advertising one of their locations was the national hotel Lucerne, Which in later years became the "Ritz Lucern". Additionally one ad claims to have been awarded "The Diploma of Honor 1895" This was an Exhibition in Bordeaux, for different manufacturers and Displays of Advancements in culture.
      http://www.marquesderiscal.com/userfiles/Diploma%20de%20Burdeos%20de%201895.jpg
    16. Drill Drill, 5 years ago
      http://www.grandhotel-national.com/en/portrait
      What a view L.Amrein's Trunk shop had.
    17. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
      Fabulous info once again Drill... just great getting this indepth history on a piece. Huge thank you for all the great links!!!!
    18. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
      Sean thanks for all the loves...

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