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    Posted 8 years ago

    trunkman
    (139 items)

    Came across this little gem this week. Nice example of an 1824 trunk from Petersburg Virginia. Lined with a newspaper from that date. The newspaper has many descriptions of land and slaves for sale, whole families as well as individuals, some of them named. I bought this without seeing the inside so it was a bit of a shock to see it -- a bit of history I am a little unfamiliar with. Certainly a different time and era -- some years after this was made it was off to war...

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Fantastic piece of history. How about pics of inside?
    2. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Thanks eye and BB2 -- voila, an interior shot!
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Thanks. Has a very nice rain-proof lip.
    4. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Thank you pickrknows and moostonelover21 for the visit..
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      I love this so much that I save it as my door to CW without logging off. Is it in as good a condition as it looks? Any ID on the wood? Top made in slats? Can't tell if it is covered in pics. You may want to flip to my site & compare with an orig. from around 1812 & the repros I made. I sold my numbered repros for $325 to stores who sold at $425-450. Have only 1 left other than the prototype out of 12 (excluding prototype). What are the dimensions?
    6. myoldkyhome myoldkyhome, 8 years ago
      Love it! I particularly like the newspaper lining. I have been looking for one of these myself but haven't found the right one yet.
    7. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Thanks Manikin, walksoftly, trunkingforfun, and petey for the visit!
    8. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Thanks for the love Bell...
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      T-mon, I just keep coming back to this. It is so beautiful. Is this something you have stalked? You don't just walk into a store & there it is! An 18th or early 19th cent. castle spinning wheel that I posted awhile back was a stalked piece. The family finally realized that I loved it more than they did & just gave it to me! (It sits within 1 1/2 mtre from me now). Same family owns the seaman's chest with the 1812 newspaper glued in the top. They see me drool when I get near it. Known them for over 20 yrs..
      Question: I've seen this style trunk with orig. newspaper glued in the lid, but never in the bottom. Is that common & I just missed them?I would also expect diff. aging between top & bottom papers. And, may I ask how much you paid for this beauty? If all orig. & in that shape, I've got a soul to trade for it. (Slightly used & abused but recently appraised for 67.95 plus S&H.
    10. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Thank BB2 -- yes it was a good buy. I find it interesting that you can still find these available at reasonable prices -- one of the few areas of collecting antiques where you can find something old unique and rare for a decent price.
    11. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      This is a revelation to me. If that family offered that 1812 chest to me for $200, or even $250, I would have jumped at it! The son now has it & lives in an area surrounded by the sea with nearest point being maybe 150 meters & it's not good for the chest. Considering what you paid for this beauty, this other would be worth about $100.
      I told you what I was selling my repros for & now you inform me that the originals sell for less. Guess I will never understand people's reasoning! Remember that I'm not selling on line so my customers must be lazy or like newer things rather than the mellowed originals with history. Probably neither of us will ever understand that mentality. I can't help but feel sorry for them.
    12. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Thanks BB2, pickrknows, miklev86, walksoftly, SEAN68, and kerry10456 for the love...
    13. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Thanks for a current poste. As said, I have been using your's as an opening to CW because I love to see it when I open the forum. If you can't tell, I'm in love with it.
    14. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Someone pointed out to me that the paper on the lid had an 1824 date on it -- the bottom paper reads 1850 -- upon further inspection I realized that someone had pasted an 1850 paper over the 1824 on the bottom -- so it is a little older than I thought. Glad you love it -- it is in great shape for its age. Also there was a trunk posted today by someone looking for help with metal restoration on a trunk-- I thought you could help them out..
    15. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Have you done any research on the initials? maybe John Slidell (no middle initial given in my research).
    16. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      I did try to look up the initials but it seems a little daunting -- also I initially was looking up from an 1850 date so I was off on that point. Bit too much of a project for me...you know I have that deck to stain and the trunk museum to build and all...
    17. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Sure BB2 -- I will send them off tomorrow...
    18. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Thanks, Mon. Notice that you have earned a capital "M". Strange that in dutch, a lower-case "v" in "van" means "blue-blood" & a capital "V" means common. Spent yrs trying to figure all this crap out. Well, thanks van/Von T-mon.
    19. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      I am not sure what you are referring to...
    20. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      I was just rambling about the meanings of words in European countries. Most Americans would think that a capital letter, such as is in "Van" before a name, would be a more important family name when it is actually the other way around. It's not important. Bon nuit. ( actually bonne nuit, but we shorten everything like everybody else). Languages & etiquette drive me nuts living where we speak at least 4 diff. languages.
    21. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Funny thing you mention it because I am Dutch and my last name starts with "Van"....so I was like, "How does he know this..."
    22. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Thought I would thank you on CW for sending those pics of the newspaper lining in the trunk so everybody could could see what a nice guy you are, no matter what everybody else says. I don't listen to the police anyway as we all know how they lie. I truly enjoyed reading those pages from 1823 & 1824. It was like stepping back in time! If they only knew what lay ahead for them in VA in another 35 yrs or so. Slaves for sale & all. Now, that was a different era/error but a lot was close to reading a modern paper. Thanks again. It's not everybody who would go to that trouble for somebody they only know from a site.
    23. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      You are most welcome BB2 -- my pleasure. This little place of meeting for those of us who are regular has become a bit of community and there is much kindness and sharing all around, I am just thankful to be a part of it.
    24. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      You are right of course, even when some of us like me, get a little aberrant. Actually, I'm that way most of the time.
    25. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Wouldn't have you any other way...
    26. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      You're not going to get me any other way!LOL
    27. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Thanks freiheit, NicoleJerelen,ho2cultcha, Moonstonelover21, kerry10456, mikelv85, SEAN68, Manikin, walksoftly, trunkingforfun, and petey for the love.
    28. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Thank you laniebug and Moonstonelover21 for the love...
    29. trunkman trunkman, 7 years ago
      Thanks PhilDavidAlexanderMorris for the love...
    30. trunkman trunkman, 7 years ago
      Example 3..... this one has a newspaper lining giving it a specific date...
    31. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the Love Jewels....
    32. Jewels Jewels, 6 years ago
      Thanks to you for sharing trunkman...these trunks are amazing, really!
    33. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Appreciate your interest Jewels... I have another two to post once I get off my..... couch! and finish my coffee and and and..... well -- you know the drill...
    34. Jewels Jewels, 6 years ago
      :) Yes I do! Looking forward to your posts! :)
    35. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the love SEAN...
    36. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Trunkman, This is such an awesome trunk!! I love this one and the condition is incredible. What a nice find!!
    37. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Thanks jscott -- I had to think creatively to acquire this one... like... "who do I know who lives near or in this city where it is being sold"... the seller would not send it to me... had to be a pick up...
    38. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      So, did you actually go to Virginia to pick this up? Long drive for you.
    39. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      No -- it was for sale in a small town in Ontario -- about a 7 hr. drive one way -- so I called up a friend who lived 10 minutes away and asked if he would pick it up and send it to me -- viola...
    40. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      Well, that worked out NICELY!!!
    41. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Yes -- now I need about a 100 friends in the US to truly corner the trunk market there! (seems there is some competition!) -- specially from those guys who have trucks and drive down to New Hampshire for major scores....
    42. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Kyratango -- thanks for the love...
    43. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      ho2cultcha -- thanks for the love...

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