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    Posted 3 years ago

    Usmarineda…
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    Maybe someone can help me identify this trunk?, And help me determine it's worth if any thank you. ??

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    1. Im4anythingOld, 3 years ago
      One thing I have learned by researching trunks is that without a makers label because of the vast amount of trunk makers in operation at the time it is virtually impossible to confirm. If no makers label is available, one has only the hardware to go by, if your lucky enough to have it on your trunk. Meaning some makers used their own patented cast hardware on there trunks, such as Martin Maier, Romadka Brothers to name a few then and only then, could you possibly attribute a makers name to it. This trunk however has a very very basic slat clamps on the end of the wood slats, so that is out. The only thing you can pin point is the approximate age of this trunk by the lack of front latches. I would say it was made in the 1860's using the basic slat clamps as well with the belt latches but that's all I could say not being familiar with trunk from 1850's. You have a nice brass lock on it, seehttps://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/62073-antique-trunk-lock-1854. We are not allowed to discuss a trunks value on this site. The interior lid looks to have had a left and right fold down compartments judging by the remaining hardware with a vacant center which would mean the interior tray had a raise slightly curved center box that would have meshed between the two on the lid. It would be interesting to see the hinges on the back. The handle I would assume are a leather cover metal format which be nice to take a peek at those. Overall an excellent find with an age of approximately 159 years old (+ or -)
    2. Im4anythingOld, 3 years ago
      Sorry ...looking at the lid compartments again, I see only one hinge location on each end bottom, which would indicate the fold down lid compartment was a single all the way across with two lock tabs, verses what I already described which is for sure NOT correct.
    3. Im4anythingOld, 3 years ago
      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/62073-antique-trunk-lock-1854
    4. Drill Drill, 3 years ago
      Im4anything old is quite correct 1860s.
      http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US44101-0.png
      Here is the C. Liebrich 1864 Trunk lock patent , It is not before this date.

      Sometimes these older common Liebrich 1854 patent hinges (Links below) are on the back,Wondering not sure? They were used for a long time.
      http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/US10862-0.png

      Re-issued 1873 popular patent
      http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pages/USRE5352-0.png
      Hope this sheds some light. Thanks for the post.
    5. Drill Drill, 3 years ago
      This one does have a makers label inside(Top rim of the trunk) which we don't see very often, but it does not seem very legible other than what appears to be the word "Valises" and possibly the word " maker".
    6. Im4anythingOld, 3 years ago
      What an eye drill!! After saving the image and zooming in you can see the word street and something just before it. Also in front of "Valises" looks to be the partial remnants of the word trunk which stands to reason. With a better image showing what is there as a whole it may be possible, although time staking to look through HMS trunks makers label images list to see if one could find a possible match based upon the word positions, font, and layout etc...
    7. Drill Drill, 3 years ago
      I'll take a look through my collection of labels.Thanks for the reminder,I should probably share a couple hundred more label images so the site can be updated.Maybe the guy below might know who's it is?

      http://digital.denverlibrary.org/utils/ajaxhelper/?CISOROOT=p15330coll22&CISOPTR=33650&action=2&DMSCALE=15&DMWIDTH=512&DMHEIGHT=478&DMX=0&DMY=0&DMTEXT=trunk&DMROTATE=0
    8. Im4anythingOld, 3 years ago
      How cool is that!! They were sure more imaginative in those days when it came to advertising..lol

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