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Posted 6 years ago

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This is a civil war era child's trunk or half sized trunk. When I acquired it it was completely weathered. The pine was water stained black and the steel bands were quite rusted and pitted. I choose a dark stain to hide the water damage and I took as much rust off the steel as possible and put on a lick of gun oil. I was pleasantly surprised at the turn out. Chinablue I hope this helps a little in seeing what the pine body of a weathered trunk can look like with a darker stain.


  1. chinablue chinablue, 6 years ago
    I love it! Thank you for posting this. As much as the 'great restoration' ones are, with their shiny metal and sleek gleaming wood, ones that look like this are more, I don't know.. honest, maybe? .. to me. They aren't new, and they were used and they make no apologies for it. Your pictures give me hope that mine can be more than black and blue. :-)
  2. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 6 years ago
    Does your house have a lid on it?!?!
  3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
    Sure that isn't a seaman's chest? I have 1 that is 26" long x 11 1/2" wide x 9" high.
  4. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
    Could be -- I am not familiar with what would make a trunk a seaman's chest.
  5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
    Seaman's chest were usually small as they didn't have much to carry. You don't give the diamentions so I can't go on that. A seaman's chest would have an over-lapping mortice on the lid so that water coming over the top would not go inside easily. The were usually sealed fairly water tight but of course poorer crew had to live with what they could get. Actually, a "captain's trunk" wouldn't be much larger than the measurements on mine usually. Sailors "Travel light & travel often".
  6. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 years ago
    Hi Trunkman,
    I love some of your trunks, i do like old trunks, and suitcases.
    I see this one appears to have a similar configuration of lock as mine.
    Do you know how these work, why there are two holes?
    On mine the metal dangly bit once had a bit on the back of it, i assume this would have gone into the top hole, but i could be wrong.
  7. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
    Thanks BelleEpoque, Vintagefran, bratjdd, blunderbuss2, vintageloveantiques.com, mikielikesigns2, miKKoChristmas11, walksoftly, officialfuel, chinablue for the love.

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