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1880's 34" French Canadian - George Barrington & Sons Montreal- Flat Top Trunk

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    Posted 4 years ago

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    This one caught my eye in an ad photo as shown the bottom trunk, because it had a circle from what I could tell on the latch area. On closer inspection it came to have a pile of interesting out of the norm hardware. To start it measures 34" L x 20"D x 24"H and is a French Canadian trunk made by George Barrington & Sons out of Montreal as indicated on the brass engraved name plate on the front. Obviously mimicking the French trunk style with cloth cover dust band or valance. It also has built in lid stays in the hinges and dowel in the unusual latches. All the metal trims and handle holders are in brass with copper rivets. The lock is brass with a copper back plate, the lock still had the top half arm hoop piece from being pried open still in the lock so I have that as well for repair. Duck canvas cover is very descent just a good cleaning to keep its original feel I believe is all that needed on this one. The brunt of time has focused on the bottom wheels as show, The wheels are stronger obviously. The interior is complete and if you notice the handles for both trays are in leather which is unusual. The buckles from the clothes straps in second tray are marked Paris. It also has nickel plated plates and hook catches for the tray lid. So it most certainly has all indication of being an 1880's high end trunk. The only reference I could find about this company was a snip-it regarding Montreal labor disputes as follows; " A few years later, in 1886 and 1887, two strikes broke out at the trunk and suitcase manufacturer George Barrington and Son" So overall a great piece of Canadiana from Montreal's History.

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    1. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
      Wow... those back hinges are super cool. You are coming across some very unique pieces! Seems I’m in a bit of a lull here these days... so thanks for picking up the slack!!
    2. Im4anythingOld, 4 years ago
      Trunkman your to funny!! Yes a lot of the hardware was a surprise when viewed in person. This is a first for me regarding all hardware on this trunk, but for the brass trim which my Moynat trunk has. I try to stick with unique or again out of the norm. One can't get everything, so I have to draw the line at just getting the good ones....LOL!!
      So it has been dead in your neck of the woods? I haven't been over to check at all, I have just been busy enough on this side of the fence! Thanks again.... always a pleasure to hear from you trunkman!!
    3. Drill Drill, 4 years ago
      maybe, not sure?
    4. Drill Drill, 4 years ago
      Nope, close but no cigar! I think most of these patents are Canadian or French in origin.
    5. Im4anythingOld, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the fine effort Drill. Maybe he sourced his hardware from France as the one piece is marked Paris & he was French, so could very well be. Looks like, as mentioned, he is mimicking the more stream line European style. Thanks so much for the effort, it always interesting and appreciated Drill!!
    6. Im4anythingOld, 4 years ago
      Thanks to all the Guys and Gals for the love and comments!!
    7. Im4anythingOld, 4 years ago
      Thanks! FatBoy64 & MountainGirl

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