Posted 4 years ago
I originally was buying this item for parts based on the ad photos of condition. Until I saw it in person with the size & overall condition of the body colors. I was expecting to find the usual 2 or 3 of the five sides are pooched and it dictates clearly what direction to go.
It has no handles, but does have Fish scale relief tin handle caps, #3 clasps, 36 long 29 high by 24 deep, with a gentle sweep dome top, less than partial interior, all original finish at 80-90% of it original state with vertually no dents but for the back with are rub line impressions. I was thinking of using some antique stove black to add some color to any superfical hairline rusting that maybe present. Its a great foundation to conseal that type of touch up. As you can see the only thing wrong, is the cheap tin details, one front bottom horizontal slat and for what ever (what looks to be deliberate ) the damage to the tin on the clasp areas ...don't get the reasoning behnd that at all.
A few questions for you guys. I have extra die-cast Gothic format slat clamps. Now if you I take these from a trunk top that has a slightly different angular dome grade, can you reform these or will they just snap and break at the existing bend?
Second question. Based on the overall condition of the body color and condition, would you guys dismiss that and go to the all wood body or would you retain the body just cleaned up as best as could be, to preserve it as close to original as possible.
Third what viable 1800's decade time frame do feel this would come from? As nothing is really marked but the clasps.