Posted 10 months ago
Hello! My name is Mackenzie. I just inherited this steamer trunk and would love to know a little more about it, or confirm what the family story is!
This trunk belonged to my great-great grandfather, John Pearsons and (from what i’m told) it came with him from Sweden through Ellis Island. Ending up in Auburn, Washington where my family has lived since before my grandmother was born in the 1930s. I don’t think my family was very well off so i’m not expecting it to be a national treasure, but it is certainly a treasure to me.
It is covered in a layer of (what I assume to be) tin. with wooden slats going vertically across the trunk front and lid, and horizontal wood slats on the sides and back.
If you happen to recognize any parts, or the style I would absolutely love to have any of that knowledge so I can share it with my family!
It was used heavily in its day so is in pretty bad shape with the leather straps on the sides torn off, pieces of metal bent or broken, and quite a bit of rust. I hope to gently clean the rust off of all the metal and sand and stain (or maybe beeswax?) the wood so it can at least be preserved a bit longer. I am researching the best way to do this now, but if you have advice, or products you have loved and used, i’d love to hear from you as well!