Posted 10 years ago
I am new to your site and from what I have read many of you are experts in antique or vintage trunks. I look forward to learning more about my addiction to trunks of all kinds.
I found this dome top trunk at a farmers market.They were using it as a storage bin.
I asked if they would sell it, but the answer was no. So I said."I have a trunk that is a little bit bigger, stronger with durable wheels. do you want to trade.
Long story short, we traded a flat top for a dome and both parties were happy. Well almost. I did knew that the trunk was extremely dirty and had been painted black, on the back. What I came to find out was the whole trunk had been painted black. I will not make that mistake again.
What a nightmare. I found right from the beginning there was another color underneath. Very slowly I removed the top layer of paint. It took two weeks, but was well worth it for me. Underneath the black was crystallized gold. In almost prefect condition. At least to me after all my work just to get the paint off. It look almost prefect.
As much as I can tell it has all of the original hardware plus 4 caster wheels and a tin or zinc bottom. It's in great shape. The year maybe 1some where between1880-1890's ?
What I was wondering; how do I keep from losing the crystallization and should I repaint the outer black metal.