Posted 4 years ago
This is an amazing Duluth Trunk Factory antique trunk I just picked up. It is in fantastic, original condition, and is a top of the line model. These were sold as "Octogon trunks" although many people call them bevel top trunks. I have many trunk catalogs referring to these as octogon trunks, even though there are technically six facets. I believe the octagon name was derived from the top portion being half an octagon. The trunk is covered with an embossed sailcloth, painted with a heavy coat of lacquer, which looks black but is actually a very dark green. The handles are original, but I had to reproduce the lid lifter as it was torn in two. The slat clamps, #5 latches, handle holders, hinges, and corner binding on front, are all tinned. The rare, secret keyhole lock is made from nickel plated brass. I have seen these in brass, but this is the first I have seen nickel plated. Nickel plating was found on only the best trunks, like this one. Other hallmarks of a high end trunk, that this one shares, are Irish linen lining, ornate slat end protectors, #5 tinned latches, continuous nailing, iron center bands, and the rarely seen built in lid stay. This trunk measures 36" long, 23' wide, and 28" high.
Thank you, Jim. hmsantiquetrunks.com