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    Posted 6 years ago

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    Freshly picked at an estate sale today, this trunk is being added to a growing collection of my vintage luggage. This is a massive piece, about 28x19x10, all leather and very heavy. It's lined with cotton fabric inside. It's in decent condition for its age, still pretty solid and holding up and functional. The leather trim/lining on the inside has lifted in some areas and i can see remains of a newspaper underneath. Did they use newspaper back in the day to help glue adhere better?
    I couldn't find any maker on the piece, only the travel labels all over. Does anyone recognize this type of luggage? I would greatly appreciate some info on the possible age and maker. Thank you as always!

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    1. SpiritBear, 6 years ago
      Newspaper can help date it!
    2. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 6 years ago
      The Cunard White Star Line exited 1934 to 1949. Of course the case could be older...

      T A
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Nice one Anna!! This one is English made and more than likely from the 1920's to 1930's period. There were several manufacturers of this type of steamer trunk in England. so, it'd be difficult to say which one made it with no brand label. I have a few of these in my collection. Here's one that's very similar to the one you have here.
    4. AnnaB AnnaB, 6 years ago
      Scott, thank you so very much for your nice comment and for this info. I did check yours, and it looks very similar indeed. You did such a fabulous job on your trunk, it looks like new! Where should i be looking for a mark and what kind of mark would it have to be- stamped letters or a metal label? Maybe i'm just not finding it. Is it possible it wasn't marked?

      TubeAmp, thank you for a good lead, i haven't thought of researching the labels.

      Rob, the newspaper's font is very small and there are just fragments of words. I'm sure you'd figure it out, but i'm not that knowledgeable to put it together ;)

      FatBoy, newfld, charcoal, nutsabotas, Scott, Spirit- thank you all for stopping by, much appreciated!
    5. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      Oh that is a nice one.
    6. AnnaB AnnaB, 6 years ago
      Thank you Fortapche, means a lot coming from you =)
    7. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      If there is a makers name on it, you'd see it stamped into the leather somewhere or a label on the inside of the trunk somewhere. Very few of mine have a makers name on them.
    8. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Oh, and thank you so very much for the lovely compliment on my leather trunk as well. I do appreciate it!!
    9. Drill Drill, 6 years ago
      Above some history of just one of the companies that used this style of lock, and potentially made this style of trunk.Below is another that made this style of luggage.
      Antler,Brooks,Jon Pound, Drew, Finnigans were some of the portmanteaus makers
      of the time period.
      Incidentally there is a makers mark on the lock that may help to determine either the lock maker or sometimes the
      manufacturer of the bag. I wonder what it says?
    10. AnnaB AnnaB, 6 years ago
      Drill, thank you for your resourceful post and links, this information is super helpful. The lock reads "Secure Lever" which i though is not much to go by...Does it indicate a particular maker?

      Scott, yes, it appears there may not be an explicit maker's label, i looked thoroughly. But what you guys have provided here is already a lot more than what I knew about it when i started!

      Fortapache, Drill, Roy, Iggy, Mani, Vetra, Anik- thank you all so much for your loves!

    11. Drill Drill, 6 years ago
      It is more than likely the lock makers mark.much luck
    12. Drill Drill, 6 years ago
    13. AnnaB AnnaB, 6 years ago
      Drill, thank you. They look very similar to mine. Do you know their maker? Are they yours? I thought mine was in a decent condition for its age, but these ones are looking great!
    14. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      When I toted books around at my 90's sales I only had a couple old ones but never as fine as this one looks. I love the added leather at the corners and that probably made this last so beautifully !~
    15. AnnaB AnnaB, 6 years ago
      Phil, thank you always for your kind words! You can make everything sound special, but it's true, these days they don't make things the way they did back in the day. Everything is disposable and soul-less.

      Officialfuel-thank you for stopping by!
    16. SpiritBear, 6 years ago
      Closer inspection of the leather in the pic with handles shows it's dry and flaky. You'll need to condition it to preserve it.
    17. AnnaB AnnaB, 6 years ago
      Spirit, yes, you're right, it needs TLC. I'm planning to do this very soon. Thanks for stopping by!

      leighannrn, farmlady, sanhardin, Lady_Picker, crswerner, trukn20, MooreAntique- thank you all for your appreciation!
    18. Malatero2 Malatero2, 4 months ago
      I just rescued a sweet old leather suitcase from a Goodwill. check it out :)

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