Posted 10 years ago
This is a rare oak slat trunk. There are four things that make it stand out. The first is that it is a bevel top trunk. The second is that it has two alternating colors of oak slats. The third is the number 207 on the trunk lid, which is original to the trunk because there is no original stain under it. The fourth is that all of the slats are grooved. Other features include the cast iron fingering and the wrap around slat clamps. I picked this little gem up off the classified adds. It had been painted over with a gold paint, which I painstakingly removed. I know that there were four main makers of these trunks, one being El Paso, Clinton, the other two Maier and Excelsior. I could not find an example of either El Paso or Clinton for this category of trunk for comparison. This trunk does not match any of the characteristics that I have seen for M Maier or Excelsior. (it does have a weave pattern on the cast iron corners similar to Taylor) which makes me wonder who could have made this fine piece of workmanship, since there are only a handful of makers of this type and quality. I am open to suggestions. I am also curious as to the reason for the number on the trunk. Is it a model number of the trunk, or perhaps a room or cabin number? Has anyone seen a number on a trunk like this one?