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Posted 5 years ago


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Anyone have any idea where I could possibly find out some info about this? I swear Ive looked at a million websites and no avail! When I found it the legs were removed and inside the trunk...what a beautiful surprise when it was opened! I have brought it to a few different places and noone has ever seen anything like this. Pakistanian, Indian? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
    It gives a whole new meaning to the word trunk! The problem with this type of piece as you are finding is that there are none around to compare it to. I am suspicious of these kinds of trunks because the Asian market has become quite clever in making a new item look old for decorative purposes. It could very well be a twenty year old piece or 100 yrs. old. I would hazard a guess and say that because it is clearly made as a coffee table it is a newer piece. Generally older trunks were made specifically for storage and not a dual purpose as this one. Another clue is the latch, which is meant to be purely decorative and not functional and appears to be a cheaper grade of metal-- which indicates a recent decorative work. Also on the corners there are new letters 'c' and 'd' indicating parts placements, which again signifies a recent assembly. All in all I would think that you have a really nice decorative modern coffee table probably made in India of thereabouts. Hope this helps a little.
  2. WonderfilGraciousLadyDeb WonderfilGraciousLadyDeb, 5 years ago
    There is one exactly like this on ebay and I contacted the seller...they have no idea either! Thanks for taking the time to respond back to my posting! ~Debra Riedle
  3. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
    after reading trunkman's remarks, i have to agree w/ him. i think it's a new piece.
  4. emmurray, 5 years ago
    Hi, I own this coffee table... I bought it from Cost Plus World Market in Seattle about 9 years ago for around $150.00. Hope that helps you!
  5. WonderfilGraciousLadyDeb WonderfilGraciousLadyDeb, 5 years ago
    emmurray YOU ROCK! Thanks bunches!
  6. emmurray, 5 years ago
    You are totally welcome! Glad I could help. =)

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