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Trunks54 of 2517Jenny Lind - 1850's Jenny Lind Trunk   Oil Cloth /Brass/ Wood Slats
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    Posted 4 months ago

    SamKat
    (9 items)

    We have had this for over 10 years. Not even cleaned it. Using it to hold bird seed. It took over 4 hours to carefully remove the remaining stub ends of the handles. There were two additional 1 1/4” clinch nails next to the button nails - bent over and did not come out willingly !
    The inside is what needs work, but that’s no problem.
    All leather is very tight and good condition.

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    Comments

    1. Im4anythingOld, 4 months ago
      Curious...You couldn't attack those nails from the inside or is the interior still intact.
    2. Im4anythingOld, 4 months ago
      Great trunk! Great to see all the leather and its patterns. Its the same shape style as my last one. Also kind of different seeing that slight rolled outside edge on the banding. On my last one with the brass bands on the ends in this shape, which I forgot to make a note of as a point of interest. I didn't realize that the brass banding was actually steel banding with a brass skin, if you will, overlay. They are on my trunk anyway, maybe others are solid brass ?? Thought that was interesting..... I should have said something in my description...I may go back and add it but I am not sure if I took a photo to show it. I'll have to check.
    3. SamKat, 4 months ago
      I tried to pry the nail heads up to be able to grab them. Many times the nailhead just broke off. Then used a punch to push it through to the inside to grab and pull them through on the inside. Many nails kept breaking into pieces
      The old leather handle stubs were very thick, and have been in that tight pocket for a very long time. Sort of “stuck” I had to use a hemostat type plier to grip and pull out the remnants in pieces. The old leather was crumbling so much.
      But I finally won! Those original leather handles were incredible thick. I can’t imagine why these didn’t hold up as well as the rest of the trunk, and as the handles on yours fared. I would have liked having original handles on this trunk.
      And no, the inside of mine looks like yours. Needs some TLC
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 months ago
      It would have taken me 4 hrs. & 2 beers just thinking about starting ! LOL

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