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    Posted 10 years ago

    kadensmom23
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    This trunk was given to me by my aunt and thought to be junk. I recently started researching it a bit, found out that it is a peice Au Depart or trunk collector might like to have. Dont know much about trunks and what I should do with it. Restore? Keep? etc. Would like more info about it and its eara, history and value. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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    1. Jerry Landsman, 10 years ago
      Large waterfall style; metal clad with leather corners. I would guess the date to be 1900-1920. This larger style, metal clad is not in very high demand and do not have the appeal of the normal steamer, dome or round top trunks. Still a pretty cool item to use as a table or for storage. Value unrestored is minimal ($50 or so). Hope this helps.
    2. trunkman trunkman, 10 years ago
      In all due respect I believe this trunk is not a metal clad trunk -- it appears to be covered in canvas. This is a really nice well made French trunk. Those are beautiful brass latches. The corner slat covers are probably brass as well along with the rivets. When polished up they really shine. I have a similar French trunk that I took the canvas off, stained the wood and it looks spectacular! The contrast with the steel banding and wood would look great. These trunks are a cut above the standard trunks that are out there. There is a higher level of craftsmanship on them and higher end finishes. A real beauty!

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