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Mid 1880's Martin Maier Wood slat Barrel Top Trunk

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    Posted 2 years ago

    Im4anythin…
    (91 items)

    Picked up my first alternating colored wood slat trunk the other day.... Very descent shape with the interior complete. No Makers label. Possibly & more than likely by Martin Maier. It measures 35" from outside to outside of the applied wood surface so the sub structure is probably a 34". It is 20" deep and stands at 30" tall. A few things different about this trunk, it has "Pre" Patent date F.W. Beckwith hinges which would normally read patented 1885. All the applied alternating colored surface slats are double grooved or beaded as shown in several photos. The lock is patent dated 1883. A G. Crouch patented 1886 lid lift. Taylor #2 Latches. I never thought I would find one up in my neck of the woods but simply by chance did I find it. Needless to say I braved a snow storm and made the 2 1/2 hr trip to the north country and bought it.

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    1. greendog greendog, 2 years ago
      WOW ! great trunk, well worth the trip, never seen one with the beaded slats, very unique. Is it a Martin Maier ? based on what I have been told by some of the top trunk aficionados, Jim Cardoza, Marvin Miller, Ben Brown, I would say yes, as you know I have an oak slat trunk much like this one, without the beaded slats, but it has the F.W. Beckwith hinges just like yours, I was assured that it was a Maier, but why the Beckwith hinges ? I was told that it was possible that Maier ran out of there hinges at the time and sent a runner over to Beckwith to get a pair of their hinges, as they were in close proximity of each other in Detroit, now that is possible, but it still lingers in the back of my mind, without a label, MM hinges or their signature MM hardware do we know 100% for sure that it is Martin Maier, the answer is no, so we have to rely on the experience of our fellow trunkers, and I do, never the less it's a fantastic trunk, and I'am very glad you got it Tom, Brian.
    2. Im4anythingOld, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the love and input Brian. I take it Beckwith just was responsible for this type of hinge... but never made trunks? I have the other Beckwith hinged trunk with the patent date we talked about before that has the overall MM flavor and look, but no MM hardware and no label. They don't seem to be very plentiful out there.
    3. Im4anythingOld, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the love and like there fortapache , SpiritBear & ho2cultcha. Much appreciated!!
    4. Im4anythingOld, 2 years ago
      Thanks JonB, pickrknows. TheGateKeeper & blunderbuss2 for the loves!!
    5. Drill Drill, 2 years ago
      https://www.hippostcard.com/uploads/cache/0094a30761b83f759a9d2f4f3792110e-250x159.png

      Nice Find they are out there, Somebody please go get this wood slat Clinton wall trunk from phoenix Ar.
    6. Drill Drill, 2 years ago
      https://images.craigslist.org/01515_3IscLhnZdN3_600x450.jpg

      Sorry
    7. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      Every time I see this kind of trunk with the rounded top, I hear Forrest Gump say "Jen-nay"!!! LOL... the only other thing I personally know, is that I've had a lot of different kinds, none with this top though. There's a lot of trunksters here that will see this soon! It's absolutely gorgeous!
    8. Mike78, 2 years ago
      Really like this one. What a find. Beautiful.
    9. Im4anythingOld, 2 years ago
      Thanks Mike78 ..Much appreciated! But I think in this case it found me..lol I know Brian had a similar experience with one of his, while looking at one trunk photo saw in the back ground a MM slated trunk ( I believe) and now owns it.
    10. Im4anythingOld, 2 years ago
      Thanks very much shareurpassion for the love and comment!!
    11. Im4anythingOld, 2 years ago
      Thanks EJW-54 For the love!!
    12. Im4anythingOld, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the comment Drill...yes nice wall trunk for sure. I couldn't get to see the asking price or do we want to know..lol
    13. Im4anythingOld, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the love FatBoy64 !!
    14. Im4anythingOld, 2 years ago
      Thank -you guys and gals for viewing and for the loves always appreciated!! farmlady, Vynil33rpm, courtenayantiques, Designer & officialfuel
    15. trunkman trunkman, 2 years ago
      AWESOME find!!!
    16. Im4anythingOld, 2 years ago
      Thanks for love there Mr JonB much appreciated!!
    17. Im4anythingOld, 2 years ago
      Thanks !! Trunkman much appreciated!! I have been viewing some of your own excellent finds pulled forward from the past...just love them!! Always exciting to find something different via style, hardware, or complete examples. You have a good eye for sure..lol I would like to find and always count the slats looking for a six or seven but needless to say RARE for sure....maybe some day who knows!!
    18. Im4anythingOld, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the love guys and gals !! snowman3, vintagegirl66 & chrissylovescats
    19. Im4anythingOld, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the love there.... mtg75 & AntigueToys !!
    20. Drill Drill, 2 years ago
      file:///Users/stovall/Downloads/00z0z_iTZg5Psilh7_600x450.jpg
      This label sure would look good on the inside lid.
    21. Im4anythingOld, 2 years ago
      I can't get it to show Drill?
    22. Drill Drill, 2 years ago
      file:///Users/stovall/Downloads/00z0z_iTZg5Psilh7_600x450.jpg

      Hopefully it loads this time sometimes the site is funny. It's an image a different Martin Maier Label.
    23. Drill Drill, 2 years ago
      Sorry no go!
    24. Drill Drill, 2 years ago
      I'll see if I can post a picture to the site.

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