Posted 3 years ago
I'm restoring this antique trunk and would love to know any more info I might be missing. Here's what I know. It has a Star Works Lock Pat'd 69 on the front. The lock and hasps are pretty much identical to the trunk posted by Bailey0384 (https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/209705-antique-steamer-trunk) So I'm guessing that this trunk was made sometime between 1890 and 1910.
I'd like to replace or fix the lock and hasps, so if someone knows where to locate the parts I'd very much appreciate it. It's covered in an Alligator Skin embossed tin and has this above portrait of a lady inside - I have no idea who she is supposed to be (a famous figure?), or if the image ever had meaning besides simply being decorative. There was another print inside, but only about a third of it remains. It looks like someone standing next to a dog on a pedestal. The inside was lined with green paper that was in sad shape. All of the hardware was painted brass - I only know because I tried to clean one and the paint started to rub off! Lead paint? That's pretty much all I know about it so far.