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    Posted 11 years ago

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    This trunk was at the dump so we rescued it about 4 years ago. I am just trying to identify it. It has some lettering on it that says "Prince Imperial" Also has some partial lettering on the right side and can only make out Transfer Co. and a street name. It does have patent dates on the brass lock plate of: Sept. 3, 1867; Aug. 12, 1879 and March 16, 1869. Also I am wondering about the decals on the lid interior, what is the significance of these and if it actually can trace the origin of the piece? It is actually in nice condition and has wheels on the bottom four corners.

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    1. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 11 years ago
      Nice dump find! It appears in pretty good condition. There were probably hundreds of different trunk manufacture in the 1800's. As just about every one had one, like the modern day suit case. This is often called a camelback trunk, because of the hump back. It was designed this way because the typical mode of transportation at the time, ships and railroad, would stack the trunks. This designed guaranteed your trunk would be on top.
    2. drumheller, 11 years ago
      Wow, didnt expect a response so quick!! Thank You for your input. Very much appreciated. :)
    3. Lostinspace Lostinspace, 11 years ago
      I love old trunks. Yours is a really nice one. People in my building throw trunks out quite often. I have a few of them, but none as nice as yours.
    4. drumheller, 11 years ago
      I am wanting to sell this trunk.....would it be better if I restored it or left as is? It is in really good shape and hate to mess with a good thing.
    5. scottvez scottvez, 11 years ago
      Nice trunk as is.

      I would recommend you leave it alone-- I am not a fan of restored trunks. I have seen some that look like they were made yesterday and (in my opinion) have lost their character.

      Others may not share my views.

    6. drumheller, 11 years ago
      I tend to agree with you scott......thank you for your input! :)
    7. sayer34, 11 years ago
      drumheller: the 1900 Sears catalog has several pages devoted to trunks-very good illustrations-descriptions and prices.The original catalog is hard to come by but there is several reproductions that are quite good.
    8. Nutter, 11 years ago
      Does anyone know how much this trunk is worth? I have a very similar one with a Grecian pattern imbedded in tin but with a Yale & towne lock. it also has wheels on bottom and a Victorian lithograph of a girl in a sailors outfit holding a cat...
    9. TBK, 10 years ago
      My wife and I came across an identical trunk last week, and except for the information found in this blog and the few dates on the lock we have yet found anything beyond what we have read herein.
      Did you gain any addtional information as to the manufacturer of the lock or trunk?

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