Posted 5 months ago
Picked this 1873 Martin Maier Leather, Strap & Dowel trunk up last week. It maybe deemed a Saratoga with it having such a high vaulted lid like that. The condition is not what I am used to getting, but it has the interior tray and a makers label, leather covering and it's an early MM example. It measures in at 34" long x 20" deep x 30" tall. The strap holders on this trunk were patented by Crouch & Fitzgerald in 1872 . The label address was not used after 1873. The small remnant of leather with the screw on the back slat is from a leather strap that wrapped all the way around and over the lock, as there was a 2' piece of strap dried up on the bottom that went up the front. I was hoping the slat metal covers were brass but they're not, they are or seem to be, the same metal and color as the lock receiver face. I buffed one to check for brass and it never really changed the color at all. I showed the one shot with the flap down reveling the label only to show where they put the label in those days. It's unusual to see the litho having a signature and dated from 1865. They also used those little brass scalloped details for the top compartment lock tabs, first time I have seen this style. Anyway this trunk is what it is ...needing some TLC ...lol.... but none the less, I hope you find it interesting as its my earliest MM trunk example.