Posted 10 years ago
Just purchased this today and would love to know if anyone has any information about this trunk. I am going to leave it as-is for now, and consider re-finishing it in the future to remove the paint that is not original and replace the handles which are broken. The Certificate of Guarantee dates the trunk to 1914 and can be read in the second photo. There is also a metal tag on the top front of the trunk that says "C. A. Taylor Trunk Works , Number 107846, Chicago, New York" and the company logo. I have found a patent date on one of the pieces of metal hardware, but I neglected to jot it down (late 1800's) so I need to check it again for that information. Inside the box are some treasures original to the trunk which I will post separately since I am out of room for pictures in this posting! (http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/27253-airubber-inflatable-mattress-made-by-n?in=user and http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/27256-fabric-from-inside-trunk?in=user)
The description of the trunk before I purchased it was as follows: "Antique Taylor “Traveler” Trunk Circ 1914 with original certificate. 25“ high x 38 ½ long x 22 ½ wide. Not refinished. Accessory for the Model T Ford. Original working solid brass lock with key. Original hardware. Has flip top inverted box and separate pull out box. Very ornate metal work. Very good condition. Great to refinish or use as is." After reading that now that I have the trunk, and having gone through it thoroughly, I do not understand the part about the boxes, it makes it sound like there are two boxes but I only see the one that sits on the top. Is there another one hidden??