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BB&B Vulcanized Fiber And Rawhide Trunk 1890's to 1910 ?

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    Posted 22 days ago

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    I posted this one a few months ago, just finished the outside of it today. This trunk was another challenge, when I got it, the lid wouldn't close, it was warped six ways to Sunday, the lock was bent and broken, some of the hardware was broken, it had two really bad mouse chews on the top front and back right hand corners through the rawhide right down into the wood, and I probably paid more than I should have given it's condition, after working on it for a while I became so frustrated with it that I had to walk away from it and didn't touch it for over a month, as you can see I persevered it just took a little time and patience. I don't know much about BB&B trunk co. except that they were three brothers and had two factory's one in Allegheny and one in Pittsburgh PA. this trunk was made in Allegheny, I also read that they were not in business for very long, 1890 to 1910 or so, if anyone has any information on BB&B, I would like to hear it, as far as the interior go's I will finish it out in white ceder and make a simple tray for it, this trunk was a lot of work I hope you like it, greendog.


    1. AnnaB AnnaB, 22 days ago
      Wow, it looks like a Faberge Egg, very royal and exquisite! Your work has certainly paid off and I hope you are proud of it. I also noticed that the more effort you put into something, the more attached you become to it =0)
    2. greendog greendog, 22 days ago
      Thank's very much AnnaB, and yes very proud of this one, and your absolutely right, I become very attached to them and sometimes there very hard to let go of, thank you again, greendog.
    3. bjb5859 bjb5859, 22 days ago
      Very nice job Brian, well worth the effort
    4. greendog greendog, 21 days ago

      Thank 's Ben, yeah this was a tough one, greendog.
    5. greendog greendog, 21 days ago
      Thank you hunterglee, GateKeeper, blunderbuss2, fortapache, WillysVA, yougottahavestuff, EJW-54, and MMNorth, thank you all, greendog.
    6. Drill Drill, 21 days ago
      Wonderful trunk Brian ,A brief Oct. 1911 historical mention of B.B.&B.
    7. greendog greendog, 21 days ago
      Thanks Drill, greendog.
    8. Drill Drill, 20 days ago
    9. greendog greendog, 20 days ago
      Thanks again Drill, it would be nice to know what year that was, I was also looking at your H.C. Faber trunk you posted about four years ago, and how much they look a like, very similar in style with the rawhide and brass hardware.
    10. Drill Drill, 20 days ago

      This was apparently set up at the Pittsburgh Industrial exposition- luggage and leather goods article oct. 1911 above is a postcard of the 1911 event.
    11. greendog greendog, 20 days ago
      Thank you FatBoy64, greendog.
    12. AnnaB AnnaB, 20 days ago
      Brian, what did you do to make leather look like new? Is it replaced and color-matched? I was so inspired by your work that I pulled out one of my trunks and decided to do some work on it but not sure how to approach it upon closer inspection. If you have any suggestions, I'd really appreciate it =)
    13. greendog greendog, 20 days ago
      OK AnnaB, the red color is vulcanized fiber not leather, I think it was patented in 1860's in Europe and again in the 1880's in america, it's not plastic and it's not rubber, it's a very dense fibrous material, it is very weather resistant and was used by the military for foot lockers equipment boxes and such for that reason, this trunk I believe was made or used on the back of an early automobile. Vulcanized fiber can be sanded and cleaned with steel wool and stained to enhance the color, vulcanized fiber is hard to find in good condition, it's usually cracked and and will bubble up after a hundred years or so. the lighter material is rawhide leather.
    14. greendog greendog, 20 days ago
      AnnaB, in case you were referring to the rawhide leather mouse chew repairs, I used JB weld kwikwood, it's an epoxy type wood filler that adheres to wood as well as many other materials, the repairs are so good that if you didn't know you couldn't tell.
    15. greendog greendog, 19 days ago
      Thanks hunterglee and officialfuel, greendog.
    16. Im4anythingOld, 19 days ago
      Great Job! Brian!! I love to see before and after photos in the same view pane. Nice job on those too!
    17. greendog greendog, 19 days ago
      Hey thanks Tom, yeah took me awhile to figure out how to do the photos but I got it.
    18. greendog greendog, 19 days ago
      Thank you Watchsearcher.
    19. Mike78, 18 days ago
      Very nice job sir.
    20. Im4anythingOld, 18 days ago
      HI Brian, Just a note about your photos.You can delete this comment later. But when your photo page is assembled, you will click the "save as" button not the "save" button. From the drop down choices in the "save as" section choose JPG and then save. This will help the speed of your photo up load and your viewer download for viewing. Here is the reason and difference between PNG and JPG

      -PNG format is a lossless compression file format, which makes it a common choice for use on the Web. PNG is a good choice for storing line drawings, text, and iconic graphics at a small file size.
      -JPG format is a lossy compressed file format. This makes it useful for storing photographs at a smaller size than a BMP. JPG is a common choice for use on the Web because it is compressed. For storing line drawings, text, and iconic graphics at a smaller file size, GIF or PNG are better choices because they are lossless.
      -JPEGs are for photographs and realistic images. PNGs are for line art, text-heavy images, and images with few colors. GIFs are just fail. All the best!
    21. bjb5859 bjb5859, 18 days ago
      Did you understand all of that Brian?
      I know I didn't (: Well maybe some of it
    22. greendog greendog, 18 days ago
      Thanks for the info Tom, appreciate it.
    23. greendog greendog, 18 days ago
      It took me a while Ben but I think I've got it.
    24. greendog greendog, 18 days ago
      Thank you Mike78
    25. bobby725 bobby725, 18 days ago
      I posted a B.B.&B. Trunk ink blotter about 7 mos. ago. It gives adresses for 3 stores and factory address also.
    26. greendog greendog, 18 days ago
      Thanks bobby725.
    27. AnnaB AnnaB, 16 days ago
      Thank you so much greendog! It sure sounds like it was a lot of work for you.
    28. greendog greendog, 16 days ago
      No problem AnnaB, and thanks again.
    29. greendog greendog, 11 days ago
      Also AnnaB, the entire trunk was cleaned with Murphy's oil soap and a metal cleaning scotch bright pad and nylon brush the rawhide and the vulcanized fiber, I almost dyed the rawhide black because it didn't come as clean as I wanted, but as you can see I didn't. greendog.
    30. greendog greendog, 8 days ago
      Finished the interior on this one, done in cedar, greendog.

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